Starving orangutans are being rescued from a forest after bulldozers destroyed their home. Among those saved from the brink of death were a pregnant female and a mother and baby who refused to let go of each other during the horrific ordeal. The orangutans were found clinging to the last few remaining trees when the Indonesian forest they were living in was bulldozed to make way for an palm oil plantation.
Here are some links for organizations that rescue orangutans or preserve lands for orangutans:
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One year ago National Geographic posted this open letter from eleven respected scientists alarmed by the prospect of a massive palm oil plantation in a global biodiversity hot spot. Close to 2 million hectares of Congo Basin rainforest are already earmarked for destruction by palm oil plantations.
We are witness to extinction.
The Auckland Zoo has information about palm oil & the destruction of wild habitats, a shopping guide, snack guide, & other stuff you can do to help.
Orangutans fight back: Primate ambushes palm oil plantation worker knocking him out and inflicting savage bites
After suffering beatings and shootings, a tribe of orangutans has hit back and ambushed a palm oil plantation worker, pummelling him into unconsciousness and inflicting savage bites.
The day the apes struck back at humans has not surprised conservationists in the Indonesian part of Borneo island – the animals have been losing their environment to logging and palm oil companies.
Just days ago a badly wounded orangutan was found with more than 100 air gun pellets in its body and while it is now recovering, others have been beaten or shot to death.
The revenge on humans came when a man named only as Kurnadi was working in a palm oil plantation.
No-one witnessed the attack, but he was found later by another worker covered in bites and bruises – injuries that appeared to have been caused by a group of orangutans.
‘We don’t know how many orangutans were involved in the attack, but it is clear it wasn’t just one of them,’ said an official of the local government conservation agency.
The spokesman, Hartono, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, added: ‘The man was badly injured.
‘Some of his fingers were nearly bitten off. He had fainted after losing a lot of blood.
‘It seems he was surrounded by a group of orangutans, but what we don’t known is whether he was trying to clear them out of the palm oil plantation.’
The conservation agency has files on shocking attacks on orangutans, carried out by palm oil plantation workers on the orders of their bosses who claim the animals are damaging their plants.
Some of the large apes have been hacked to death with machetes, while others have been gunned down or fatally beaten with clubs.
Earlier this year the Daily Mail revealed how conservationists had stepped in at the last minute to save a mother orangutan and her baby as palm oil workers moved in for the kill.
Then this week came the distressing news of the multiple shooting of a female orangutan, which was blinded in one eye and close to death when found by conservationists with more than 100 air gun pellets in her.
She is now returning to health in a clinic, but officials have yet to decide whether she can be released back into the wild or kept in captivity for the rest of her life.
Indonesia is the world’s largest palm oil producer – and while company profits grow the jungles in which the orangutans live continue to diminish to make way for the palm plantations.
‘The attack on the worker is perhaps an indication that the orangutan realises it must strike back to save its habitat,’ said an environmentalist in Jakarta. ‘This is not something we often hear about.’
PLEASE TRY TO AVOID PALM OIL!!! I know it’s not easy given that “Palm oil is an extremely popular vegetable oil among many manufacturers. It is used in over 50% of products, including: baked goods, confectionery, cosmetics, body products and cleaning agents. But in many countries, there is no law on the mandatory labeling of palm oil. Consequently, companies will usually hide palm oil under the name of ’vegetable oil’, or over 170 other names! For more information on palm oil click here:
AND REMEMBER VEGANS, A PRODUCT CAN BE CONSIDERED VEGAN AND STILL HAVE PALM OIL IN IT!
And one poster also mentioned the following about palm oil:
Over 46,000 square miles of Malaysia and Indonesia jungles are being converted to palm oil plantations for BIODIESEL production. If you want to know how to boycott, then try boycotting any EU based petroleum company.
The US EPA has rejected Palm Oil for biodiesel, but the EU is all for it and investing heavily in Palm Oil Biodiesel production. So, if you want to boycott something, try the likes of BP and Shell, and don’t use any fuel that is blended with biodiesel unless you can confirm it’s source.
Orangutan Foundation International and Dr. Birutė Galdikas
omg this video tho
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“WHAT A MIRACLE!!!” by Olga Gladysheva
There is something about the relentlessly orderly, geometric pattern of corporate palm oil plantations that emphasizes their vast size and alien nature. The snowflake-shaped crowns of the young palms, pointed skyward in perfect rows, appeared like velcro waiting to snag the cottony clouds above.
Nothing green could look less like the natural forest it had replaced. Forest canopy, with trees of different colors, sizes, shapes, have winding streams instead of straight canals and irregular gaps and spaces instead of rows. And, beneath the canopy they host a world-class diversity of plants and wildlife instead of a strict, unnatural monoculture
“Green” is about the rainforest of Indonesia. It is 48 min long, it is available for free download and copyright free for all non commercial screenings. The film has no narration, it is thus accessible to all nationalities. It was produced independently and free of all commercial or political attachment. Please don’t hesitate to screen the film wherever you feel appropriate.
To help save the Indonesian rainforest, we must choose to change our consumer habits so as to not be part of the destruction. If we are enough to do so, we can make a significant impact on the industries behind the destruction and make them change. All it takes is avoiding palm oil, tropicals hardwoods and paper from tropical countries.
If you live in countries such as Australia, New Zealand or the UK, then you will understand how frustrating it is trying to avoid palm oil when shopping, because there are no laws on the mandatory labelling of palm oil. This means companies usually don’t label palm oil on their products. The list below consists of a number of different ways in which you can detect and avoid palm oil when shopping:
- The most common name palm oil is hidden under is ‘vegetable oil’. Almost all Asian products or products made in Asia that have ‘vegetable oil’ written on the label means that it is palm oil.
- Most pre-packaged snack foods made by well known, large corporate-giants (Nestle, Unilever etc) contain palm oil.
- If a product’s saturated fat content is over 40% of it’s total fat content, it will almost always have palm oil in it.
- Ingredients with the word ‘palm’ in them are palm oil or are derived from the oil palm fruit (as shown in the ingredient list below).
- Nearly all home-brand/no-name pasties and confectionery will contain palm oil (Coles/Safeway donuts, muffins, cakes, chocolate, confectionery etc).
- If you are not sure whether a product contains palm oil,either type the product name into google along with ‘palm oil’ and see the search results, or call the company and ask if they use palm oil.
- To avoid palm oil, look out for products that contain alternative vegetable oils, such as 100% sunflower oil, corn oil or canola oil. However, please note that Soybean oil is often associated with the destruction of rainforest in Brazil.
Just because a product says it is “Organic” or “Cruelty-Free” does not mean it doesn’t contain palm oil. In fact, most natural/organic products do contain palm oil - because palm oil is a very much a natural ingredient. It’s the way it is produced that is far from natural, which is something many companies fail to realise.
Looks like about 200 orangutans were killed. I’ll post more in the am.
Sumatran Orangutan: “It is no longer several years away, but just a few months or even weeks before this iconic creature disappears”
Hundreds of orangutans are believed to have died in fires deliberately lit by palm oil companies in the last few weeks. Conservationists say the rare Sumatran orangutan could now be wiped out within weeks.
Read more here.