Goddamnit! It Never Ends: Greenpeace Has Photos of Illegal Rainforest Destruction by Bumitama Ltd.

English: Win the "King" Orangutang i...

English: Win the “King” Orangutang in Tanjung Puting National Park. Picture taken in 2005, not long after he took over from Kusasi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1122-greenpeace-palm-oil-photos.html#1VGVRrh5Dw2mrxLG.99

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

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14 Responses to Goddamnit! It Never Ends: Greenpeace Has Photos of Illegal Rainforest Destruction by Bumitama Ltd.

  1. the URL to sign the petition isn’t working. I’ll see if I can find it.

  2. It worked. Must have been something at work. I’m home now and didn’t have any issues.

  3. Reblogged this on ANIMAL POST and commented:
    Thanks narhvalur.

  4. Melody Scamman says:

    Make a list of buyers of the palm oil. Start a massive boycott of all their products starting as a new year’s resolution! Money talks, BS walks. Kick them hard in the wallet if they don’t stop cutting endangered animal habitat forests! Get a law passed for a huge fine and jail time for anyone found guilty of destroying an endangered animal’s habitat. Anyone can be a corporation, since they, having personhood, can be charged like humans!

  5. Good post! We are linking to this great post on our
    site. Keep up the great writing.

    • Thanks for the kind words. FYI, though, this blog post was from a year and a half ago. There are plenty of other stories about CURRENT illegal forest destruction by palm oil companies. So many, in fact, that I stopped posting blogs stories on them.

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