Presently, many countries in South America have issues with the illegal deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. This is surely a problem because by what studies show, more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen comes from it. However, the forest-dwelling tribes living in its ecosystem are fighting back as they take on illegal loggers trying to destroy their homes.
The Inquisitr previously reported on this late last year, in which general details of the Ka’apor people’s efforts were explored. Now there are reports that are backed by amazing photographs showing exactly what the Ka’apor people do to the captured illegal loggers. Apparently, they don’t just beat them up, they humiliate them.
According to an article by RYOT, the Amazonian natives, known as the Ka’apor, are a tribe who migrated to the area now known as the Alto Turiaçu Indigenous Reserve centuries ago. They are now defending their stretch of paradise from illegal loggers, criminals who’ve been sacking precious timber from the supposedly “protected” parts of the world’s largest rainforest located mostly in Brazil. What seems to be getting a lot of attention is how the Ka’apor are punishing the illegal loggers they catch. Previous news sites provided the generic statement that the Ka’apor are simply beating and stripping their captors. However, CBS News has provided numerous photographs of the humiliation these illegal loggers go through.
As shown, the illegal loggers are stripped bottomless (sometimes completely bare), have their hands bound together, and then are released. However, just because they’ve been released doesn’t mean it’s an easy stroll back to society with their tails tucked between their legs. The Ka’apor natives chase them with sticks, ready to provide a beating.
To some people, such punishment may seem cruel and unusual. However, it is reportedly far more humane than what the Ka’apor natives’ forefathers did to those hunting for rubber decades ago. Not to mention, such actions are also reported to be a sign that the incursions into nature’s few remaining frontiers have reached a critical mass. People living in harmony with their ecosystem, just like the Ka’apor natives, are making a last stand before facing extinction by extraction.
After seeing what the Ka’apor natives do to illegal loggers trying to destroy their homeland, what are your views? Do you find their punishment to be fair and humane or quite the opposite?
[Images via Lunae Parracho]