GREENPEACE volunteers spoke to people outside Burger King’s in Basingstoke, calling on the fast food company to stop ‘flame-grilling’ the Amazon rainforest.

Forest fires in the Amazon have been raging throughout the summer, many started deliberately by farmers, emboldened by the Brazilian President’s policies to expand agriculture.

Burger King admitted in a statement to the BBC that it knows the chicken and some of the beef it sells in the UK is fattened on animal feed made with soya. The fast food giant also admitted on social media that it buys chicken directly from Brazil.

Kayleigh Brookes, from the group who visited the Festival Place store, said: “I joined Greenpeace volunteers today, because although the Amazon is more than 5,000 miles away, there’s a Burger King on our doorstep in Festival Place.

"Most people order fries with their burger, but this fast food chain is serving up forest fires instead. That’s why we’re telling Burger King to stop sourcing meat and soya from Brazil until the Amazon and its people are protected.”

Members of the public signed the petition and wrote messages to Burger King, People also wrote about why they are reducing their own meat consumption.

Kayleigh added: “Like many local people I spoke to throughout the day, I am utterly devastated by the forest fires raging through the Amazon that are ravaging the home to millions of species and decimating the lands of indigenous communities.

"But there are things we can do to protect the lungs of our planet and reduce the impact on our climate."

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