Remember how the palm oil industry are destroying the natural habitat of orangutans, causing devastating suffering for apes as well as humans in Indonesia and nearby countries? See post at 2015-11-24 below.
This young female orangutan is one victim. She was found sitting on a small wooden platform that consisted of two angled planks with a hole in the middle. Rocking from side to side, she was trying to ease the pain in her limbs, and keep her balance. The short chain that linked her neck to the tree barely allowed her to move. The ground around her was buried in trash. ”After two years on the end of that short chain it’s a miracle she could move at all,” IAR – International Animal Rescue in Borneo wrote in a press release after her rescue.
Palm oil is a very common ingredient in beauty and cleaning products. Among these, you’ll find products you use to maintain your design products!!! In cosmetics, palm oil is labelled Elaeis guineensis but with the food industry, its presence is often less obvious. Any ingredient which includes the word “palm” (palmitate, palmitoyl or simply palm) will include palm oil. Other ingredients which commonly but not always use palm oil include cetyl alcohol, isopropyl, sodium lauryl sulphate, steareths, fatty alcohol sulphates, glycerine, cocoa butter equivalent and cocoa butter substitute. Palm oil is also used in biodiesel. Let’s go palm oil free, or use only certified sustainable palm oil.
A victim of deforestation due to palm oil production. Video copyright: IAR – International Animal Rescue.
Photo copyright by IAR – International Animal Rescue.