Monsanto is well known for its tactics in regards to farmers and lawsuits, but now the company is officially going after activists in search for their personal details, according to a new report from the website GMWatch.org.
A “giant subpoena for details of everyone who signed its anti-glyphosate petition” has been handed down by the company to Avaaz, which is said to be the “globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network” according to The Guardian newspaper.
The full details in a PDF of the 168-page court subpoena can be read by clicking on this link from Avaaz.
In response to Monsanto’s request, the organization is fighting back, going into full-on fundraising mode for legal challenges (click here to learn more and support them) in order to prevent the private information of its users from falling into the company’s hands.
Avaaz Vows to Fight Back Against Monsanto “Commands” to Hand Over Info
According to the article, the organization is gathering up all its strength to fight back against Monsanto, which reportedly “commands” Avaaz to hand over every private email, note or record it has regarding a large-scale glyphosate related petition, including the names and email addresses of anyone who has signed on Monsanto campaigns.
“If they get their hands on all our private information, there’s no telling what they’ll use it for,” Avaaz said in response. “So we’re going to fight this. Because Monsanto may have unlimited resources to intimidate, but Avaaz has unlimited people power, and our members just aren’t afraid.”
Avaaz’s petition calling for a moratorium on glyphosate has attracted over 2 million signatures, meaning the private data of a vast amount of people could end up in the hands of the highly controversial GMO and agrochemical company.
“The subpoena has been issued as part of a class action lawsuit in the U.S. where people who believe that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in themselves or their loved ones are suing Monsanto,” Avaaz added according to the article.
They continued in defiance of the chemical company’s request with the following statement.
“The subpoena indicates that Monsanto needs all our private information to fight class-action lawsuits against them claiming that their glyphosate caused people’s cancer. If that seems absurd to you, you’re not alone. But they’ve gotten the authority of a U.S. court behind them…”
For more information on the case you can click on the GMWatch.org article by clicking here.
Avaaz Fundraising Efforts Skyrocket, But More Help Needed ASAP
As shown on the Avaaz website, the fundraising efforts as part of their “Send a Message to Monsanto” campaign are underway, with over 98,000 people donating to help defend the private information of activists from Monsanto.
The goal of 100,000 was less than 5,000 donations away as of the time of this blog post, with just days left to respond.
“This is big. They’re a $50 billion mega-corporation, infamous for legal strong-arm tactics like this,” the donation page’s call-to-action reads. “Our deadline to respond to the subpoena is just days away — donate to help defend our movement, and let’s send Monsanto a message — every time they come at us, they’ll only make us stronger.”
Considering the unprecedented scope of this situation and Monsanto’s history of doggedly pursuing farmers and anyone else who stands in their way, this is an important cause to donate to, to say the least.
You can click on this link to add your donation (Paypal is accepted), and feel free to share with your friends as soon as you get the chance.