Will this madness ever stop?
Mongabay reports that Greenpeace has photos of illegal clearing.
Flyovers of a concession owned by PT Andalan Sukses Makmur, a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd, show excavators clearing peat forests and digging drainage canals just outside Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan. Tanjung Puting is famous for its population of orangutans that have been intensely studied by Birute Galdikas, a noted researcher and conservationist.
Greenpeace says mapping and field investigations show that forest conversion took place February and October 2013, “including clearance of intact peatland forests inside buffer zones identified on the high conservation value (HCV) assessment for the concession.” The deforestation proceeded despite a pledge from Bumitama not to clear an where a survey identified a group stranded orangutans.
And sign this petition from RAN:
The Snack Food 20 are the makers of some of the best-known snack food brands in the world, and they’re using “conflict palm oil” tied to rainforest destruction and orangutan extinction in their products. I for one do not want orangutans to go extinct just so I can have cheap packaged foods.
I just sent a message to all 20 of the companies calling on them to cut conflict palm oil from their snacks. Will you join me?
Take action here: http://act.ran.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8546
- Who is Going to Take the Tiger Challenge? http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/whos-going-to-take-the-tiger-challenge-next/blog/47410/
- Palm Oil Company Pledges to Protect Orangutan Habitat, Doesn’t (news.softpedia.com)
- Report: Illegally produced palm oil is financed by European banks (euractiv.com)
- This is what ‘dirty’ palm oil looks like (greenpeaceblogs.org)
- HSBC loans drive deforestation and push orangutans to the brink (theecologist.org)