Bill Oddie evicted from HSBC over rainforest protest
A film has just been released showing Bill Oddie being evicted from a branch of HSBC whilst staging a protest over the bank's involvement in Malaysian rainforest destruction. The much-loved ornithologist, television presenter and one-time member of comedy troupe The Goodies was forcibly removed from the bank's London headquarters whilst attempting to draw attention to its ties with companies apparently involved in the illegal destruction of rainforests and human rights abuses in Sarawk, Malaysian Borneo.
Having teamed up with campaign group Global Witness, Oddie is seeking to expose how HSBC has allegedly made up to £100 million from providing loans and services to logging companies, in violation of the bank's own policies.
“HSBC has made an absolute killing helping some of the world’s worst logging companies get off the ground,” said Oddie. “According to HSBC’s own rules and all the evidence, it shouldn’t be touching them with a bargepole. As a result the last of Borneo’s rainforests are under immediate threat. Everyone needs to sign the petition to stop HBSC profiting from deforestation in Malaysia and beyond, before it’s too late.”