24.01.12 Ta Ann mill shutdown
This morning 25 conservationists have entered Ta Ann Tasmania's Huon Valley mill.
"We are conducting a peaceful occupation of Ta Ann's logging mill to protest the ongoing destruction of High Conservation Value forests (HCV) in Tasmania for this multi-national logging giant," Said Ms Jenny Weber
"Japanese customers and the general public are being lied to about Ta Ann's source of timber. The Tasmanian Government's own reports show Ta ann is the major driver for logging in old growth and HCV forests. Claims that they only use trees less than 70years old fail to acknowledge that many of these come from within Tasmania's ancient forests, " said Ms Weber
Twenty five people walked in to the Ta Ann Tasmania mill today and held a two hour peaceful protest completely shutting down operations. Conservationists then left after Police arrived and order them to leave or face arrest.
"Today's protest was held to demonstrate against Ta Ann's trashing of Tasmania's native forests. We believe Ta Ann's Japanese customers do not want to contribute to the destruction of endangered species habitat or old growth ecosystems.Ta Ann is on notice that their lies will continue to be exposed by conservationists," said Ms Weber.
"Our Campaign against Ta Ann is only just beginning with a public demonstration outside of their head office in Hobart planned for next Monday at noon," said Ms Weber.
Tasmanian Mercury newpaper report on protest: