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Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia

Dear Mr Abbott,

We believe that products containing palm oil are the biggest threat to orangutans and that this is a very important issue. We also believe that you are in a position to take action to address this issue in Australia.

The main reason orangutans are becoming extinct is because of deforestation for palm oil plantations. Due to deforestation in Sumatra and Borneo, many orangutans have no habitat and are either killed or starved to death. About 130 000 tonnes of palm oil are imported into Australia each year. Palm oil is found in about 50% of all packaged items sold in Australia but only 14% are clearly labelled. This means a lot of consumers don’t know that they are buying products containing palm oil and therefore contributing to the death of orangutans.
We ask that you change the Australian food standards legislation so products containing palm oil must be clearly labelled as having palm oil as an ingredient. This will help the orangutans because more consumers will not purchase products containing palm oil and then deforestation will not be needed for more palm oil plantations. We also request that you fund a media campaign to educate the general public, so everyone knows that buying products containing palm oil affects the orangutans.

Your government will be judged on its ability to deal with issues like deforestation. The eyes of the Australian voters are watching. We trust that you will act promptly on this matter, to help save the orangutan before it is too late.

Yours sincerely,

Signed,

Dylan Victor

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The main reason orangutans are becoming extinct is because of deforestation for palm oil plantations. Palm oil is found in about 50% of all packaged items sold in Australia but only 14% are...

The main reason orangutans are becoming extinct is because of deforestation for palm oil plantations. Palm oil is found in about 50% of all packaged items sold in Australia but only 14% are clearly labelled. By signing this petition you will show Prime Minister Tony Abbott that you want palm oil products to be labelled so you don't contribute to the killing of orangutans. This will make him realise that Australian citizens care about deforestation and want it to stop.

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