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Alcoa: A licence to kill

Earlier this year a black swan was admitted to a Perth wildlife shelter after it had landed in one of Alcoa’s caustic red mud lakes. The bird’s injuries included burns to its head, eyes, beak, throat and legs as well as internal poisoning. This was not an isolated incident. Usually when swans land in these poisonous bodies of water they are shot by Alcoa staff as the company has been given permission to do this by Western Australia's Department of Environment and Conservation.

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