Please sign the above petition to save Orangutans. Currently these beautiful animals are severely endangered by destruction of their rainforest habitat for the production of palm oil, used in food production.
Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil derived from the palm fruit, grown on the African oil palm tree. Oil palms can flourish wherever heat and rainfall are abundant. Today, almost all palm oil is produced in, and exported from, Indonesia and Malaysia, where vast areas of pristine rainforest is slashed and burned each year in order to make way for oil palm plantations.
Many orangutans and other wildlife are killed in the process, so that this one vegetable oil can be used in many of our everyday foods and products. This large-scale deforestation is pushing orangutans to extinction, along with many other native species of Borneo and Sumatra.
Palm oil is an extremely popular vegetable oil for food manufacturers. It is used in over 50% of products, including: baked goods, confectionery, cosmetics, body products and cleaning agents. Companies know it is very contentious so they usually hide palm oil under the name of 'vegetable oil', or over 170 other names!
30 years ago palm oil wasn't used as much as it is today, in fact, it was almost non-existent in much of the Western world. We don't need palm oil. There a many alternatives, but unfortunately none as cheap, which is why companies are reluctant to switch.
What about 'sustainable palm oil'. Currently, this 'eco-friendly' vegetable oil is sourced through RSPO, an organisation which is considered unreliable and untrustworthy by many.
Because palm oil isn't labelled in many countries, consumers don't know that many of the products they buy contribute to this unprecedented disaster. Orangutan numbers are plummeting - often they are killed or badly injured when their forest home is slashed and burned to make way for a palm oil plantation.
These exquisite animals and many other rainforest creatures are dying in agony, all for our sugary, prepackaged snack foods and fragrant, chemical-filled soaps and shampoos.
And on top of this, Palm oil is very high in cholesterol so it can have really harmful effects on our health too.