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SAY NO TO PALM OIL!
Did you know that most of us are fuelling one of the world’s biggest ecological disasters and acts of primate genocide in history?
Borneo and Sumatra are two of the most bio-diverse regions of the world, yet they have the longest list of endangered species. This list includes the magnificent orangutan. These two South-East Asian islands are extremely rich in life, containing around 20,000 flowering plant species, 3,000 tree species, 300,000 animal species and thousands more being discovered each year.
Despite this amazing biodiversity and delicate web of species, an area the size of 300 football fields of rainforest is cleared each hour in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for the production of one vegetable oil. That’s 6 football fields destroyed each minute.
This vegetable oil is called palm oil, and is found in hundreds of the everyday products, from baked goods and confectionery, to cosmetics and cleaning agents… many of which you buy in your weekly shopping. Due to the massive international demand for palm oil, palm oil plantations are rapidly replacing the rainforest habitat of the critically endangered orangutan; with over 90% of their habitat already destroyed in the last 20 years.
Orangutans are some of our closest relatives, sharing approximately 97% of their DNA with humans. Orangutan means ‘Person of the jungle’ in the Indonesian language. It is estimated that 6 to 12 of these ‘jungle people’ are killed each day for palm oil. These gentle creatures are either killed in the deforestation process, when they wonder into a palm oil plantation looking for food, or in the illegal pet trade after they’ve been captured and kept as pets in extremely poor conditions and provided with extremely poor nutrition.
Orangutans are considered as pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, workers are told that if wildlife gets in the way, they are to do whatever is necessary in order to dispose them, no matter how inhumane. Often orangutans are run over by logging machinery, beat to death, buried alive or set on fire… all in the name of palm oil.
Government data has shown that over 50,000 orangutans have already died as a result of deforestation due to palm oil in the last two decades. Experts say that if this pattern of destruction and exploitation continues, these intelligent acrobats of the jungle will be extinct in the wild within 3 to 12 years (as early as 2015). It is also thought that their jungle habitat will be completely gone within 20 years (approximately 2033).
Around 50 million tons of palm oil is produced annually; with almost all of that being non-sustainable palm oil, that replaces 12 million hectares of dense, bio-diverse rainforest. That’s the equivalent landmass of North Korea deforested each year for palm oil alone! Palm oil is also having a shocking impact on our planet. The production of this one vegetable oil is not only responsible for polluting rivers and causing land erosion, but when the plantation workers set fire to the remaining trees, shrubs and debris to make way for the oil palms, it produces immense amount of smoke pollution that is toxic to planet earth. This has been found to be the second biggest contributor to greenhouse gas in the world.
By purchasing products that contain crude palm oil, you are helping destroy ancient, pristine rainforest, wipe out species like the orangutan, and create a large-scale ecological disaster. Think of the consequences next time you do your weekly shopping; the consequences not only for orangutans and other animals, but for us as the human race; for we cannot survive without the rain forests either. We have a choice, orangutans do not. Here is a list of products that contain palm oil. You can help end the cruelty by sharing the truth about animals’ abuse. If you agree that animals feel, suffer, love and the truth about their abuse should be exposed. Spread this around the world!
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35 thoughts on “Say No To Palm Oil!”
This is really terrible. Poor animals.
Thanks for sharing.
I was horrified reading this, the more people that are aware the better, surely there must be a safer alternative to palm oil, something that doesn’t hurt the animals or our planet. Thanks Irene xx
This was hurtful to read. More and more I see proof that humans are the most destructive species in existence. Ugh.
Will reblog. Thank-you for posting this…
Thank you so much, I totally agree with you.
You’re welcome, but this is tragedy!!!! 😦
How awful 😦 such a heartbreaking image
I know, it is just so sad.xx
I’ve been working with a group here to have the oils coming into Australia labeled so that you can tell and not purchase the Palm Oil.
That’s fantastic Jenni, I will definitely be looking out for anything containing palm oil and avoiding it like the plague. Xx
Oh my!! What are we doing to these beautiful creatures. So sad 😦
It is very sad isn’t it?
I’m “liking” this, not because I like this, but because I support what you are saying!
Jessica, Turquoise Compass
Thank you Jessica
So heartbreaking! 😦
Reblogged this on paws2smile and commented:
This breaks my heart 😦
I’m liking your post but hating the reasons behind it. Thanks for sharing and spreading awareness.
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
THIS IS NOT RIGHT!!!!!!
Thank you so much Jonathan for reblogging.
Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".
Thank you so much Nancy
Reblogged this on Kentucky Angel's Train Wrecks and commented:
Reblogged this on Kentucky Angel’s Train Wrecks. It’s horrible how this past two generations have destroyed so much of our world.
Thank you for reblogging, it is very sad isn’t it?
This is a disaster !!
I agree! I guess all we can so is spread the word and hope that people will get the message.
This is heartbreaking. I remember years ago watching Steve Irwin interact with a gentle Orangutan mother who trusted him enough to show him her baby. Her human-like behavior brought tears to my eyes. I will definitely shun products with palm oil from now on.
Certainly is very sad. Since posting this I have been shocked to find just how many products actually do contain palm oil.
Well, I’m done with it now!
It certainly is. Thank you for stopping by.
Reblogged this on Archaic Sugar and commented:
About the Orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra, the deforestation process etc., Palm Oil production here is harmful on several counts. So let’s remain alert about the products we are using, if from this region of the world there are many harms taking place. Thanks for your attention…
You’re the one to thank Diana (for posting this).
Thank you for this information. My heart breaks seeing this photo.