The Sheer Evil of Palm Oil Greed – 3 Rare Sumatran Elephants Killed by Palm Plantation Workers

Oil Palm Concession in Riau, Sumatra

Oil Palm Concession in Riau, Sumatra (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s no stopping the fucking evil nature of palm oil greed in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Here’s the latest atrocity:

THREE critically-endangered Sumatran elephants found dead in Indonesia’s Riau province were probably poisoned in a revenge attack by palm oil plantation workers, an official has said.

The decomposing carcases of the female elephants, including a year-old baby, were found in a jungle  just outside the Tesso Nilo National Park in Riau province on Saturday, park chief Kupin Simbolon said.

“We believe they died a week earlier, from suspected poisoning,” he said.

“The elephants probably entered a palm oil plantation and destroyed the huts belonging to workers, who then sought revenge by poisoning them,” he added.

At least 17 elephants had died this year at the park and surrounding districts, mostly from suspected poisoning, Mr Simbolon said.

“The elephants are protected animals. We must not let this happen again. We are working with the police to hunt down the perpetrators in this latest case,” he added.

Indonesia is the world’s biggest palm oil producer and growing demand has put pressure on the nation’s already threatened tropical rain forests.

There are fewer than 3000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a 50 per cent drop in numbers since 1985.

International conservation group WWF changed the Sumatran elephant’s status from “endangered” to “critically endangered” in January, largely due to severe habitat loss driven by palm oil and other plantations.

News like this makes me want to just cry and give up.  These countries don’t care.  The plantation workers don’t care.  Consumers seemingly don’t care — or don’t know how their purchasing decisions are causing such death and destruction.  It’s hard not to get emotional, but the palm oil goons should be prosecuted.  Any elephant killers jailed (or worse), and the plantations held accountable.  It’s clear the workers have the ratification of their bosses.  We’ve seen this before.

The Sherman’s March of palm oil destruction across Indonesia and Malaysia continues.  There’s almost no stopping it!


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1 Response to The Sheer Evil of Palm Oil Greed – 3 Rare Sumatran Elephants Killed by Palm Plantation Workers

  1. Pingback: PETA offers reward over killing of 3 elephants in Indonesia « endoftheicons

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