After a long series of allegations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has agreed to investigate human rights and national sovereignty abuses committed by the World Wildlife Fund. The WWF has been under suspicion for many years; the current charges were filed by Survival International, another activist group that campaigns for preservation of indigenous peoples and traditions.
The complaint centers on WWF activities in the West African nation of Cameroon. SI has provided evidence that WWF hired what are essentially mercenaries as part of an 'anti-poaching' patrol; called by them Eco-Guards. SI alleges that these WWF operatives have been waging persecution against Cameroon's Baka tribe; who are hunter-gathers much like many of our historical American Indian tribes. According to the complaint, Baka women and children have been beaten with machetes and their camps burned and pillaged. Threats and physical violence against them have been fairly routine.
This is not the first time that WWF has come under public scrutiny for such activities. In 1991 it was revealed that the organization employed the British mercenary firm KAS International to fight poachers in Africa. They were nearly expelled from Cambodia in 2009 after the Cambodian Government caught them in a fundraising scam relating to the Mekong Dolphin. Interested Wall Street corporations also donate over $80 million annually to WWF; many of which have dubious human rights and environmental records themselves.
WWF was formerly organized and headed by a sinister Dutch aristocrat named Prince Bernhard. With a South African businessman named Anton Rupert, Bernhard founded an organization called The 1001 Club in 1970; which still directs WWF policies. Allegedly an environmentalist group, The 1001 Club keeps its membership secret and has been the subject of many conspiracy theories. Some of the names of members which have leaked out over the years have included Baron von Thyssen (whose family supported Hitler during his rise to power); Giovanni Agnelli (whose father was a defense contractor under Mussolini); Henry Ford (grandson of US automaker and anti-Semitic author of the same name); Mobutu Sese Seko, (former dictator of the Congo); Juan Samaranch (an official in the Spanish Franco Regime); and Alfred Heineken (Dutch brewing magnate who assumed control over the company during the Nazi Occupation). A most unsavory lot, to say the least.
As for the late Prince Bernhard, he was a devoted member of the Nazi Party until 1940 when the Germans invaded the Netherlands, after which he served with the Government-in-Exile; though he was suspected by many to be a double-agent who arranged the escape of Nazi leaders. The Prince was also the founder of the notorious Bilderberg Group. He had several illegitimate children and once plotted a coup in Indonesia to make himself viceroy. In 1976, he was caught taking bribes from Lockheed for Dutch defense contracts. And these were just the high-points of his career.
Bernhard died in 2004, and the WWF is currently run by Yolanda Kakabatse, of Ecuador, who was one of the authors of the controversial UN Agenda 2030.
The WWF as we see, has no difficulty attracting environmentalist fanatics and people of extremely equivocal characters. It is organizations like this that have given Conservationism a bad name; especially here in the US. The Conservation Movement really began here with outdoorsmen like President Theodore Roosevelt and Naturalist John Burroughs. It got a second life with the Ecology Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, but has since fallen into the hands of extremists. Conservatives, at some point, need seriously to take the issue back from the Far Left. The Ecology Movement of the last generation were led by hunting and outdoor sportsmen's groups who saw the need to preserve vital ecosystems.
Hopefully, the OECD will take positive action and bring this evil group down. Then we can get on with the business of resuming a positive and sensible approach to environmental management.