Rattle leads musicians in outcry against Brazil ban on wood for bowsNews
Yo-Yo Ma and Simon Rattle are fronting an international campaign today to stop Brazil’s outgoing Bolsonaro government from crminalising the trade in a unique wood that is used for making bows.
The best bow are made from pernambuco, which grows in northeastern Brazil.
Jair Bolsonaro has submitted a motion to criminalise use of the wood. It is due to be heard by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) at its forthcoming meeting on November 25.
Bow makers say only 200 trees a year are affected and they have taken measures to renew the plantations.
Why the anti-environment Bolsonaro is pursuing this measure is unknown.
You can sign a petition against it here.