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World Orangutan Day
World Orangutan Day
World Orangutan Day takes place each year on August the 19th. The aim of the event is to draw the World's attention to the plight which Orangutans are facing in the wild.
The Orangutan is in big trouble. Its forest homes are being destroyed, felled, burned, clear cut to provide land for growing Oil Palms. The Palm Oil industry is big business. The industry reeks of corruption. There is no caring, there is no concern. The Orangutans have nowhere to go. Nowhere!
Orangutans are burned to death, hacked to death. Some are caught and sold to Dysfunctional Zoos such as Safari World in Bangkok. International laws are flouted right left and center. There is not enough caring.
Good Zoos care. There are managed captive Breeding Programmes for the Orangutan. At the rate destruction is taking place it may well be that the only place you will ever see an Orangutan is in a zoo. Good zoos don't want that. Good zoos are saving species for a day when our presently mad planet realises that other species matter.
On World Orangutan Day visit a good zoo. Think about the animals there. Why they are there. Think too about Palm Oil.
It is difficult for you to escape Palm Oil. It is the 'secret ingredient' in so many of the products which are in your kitchen cupboard today.
Why secret? Because the companies who manufacture these goods are only too aware of the damage THEY are doing to the forests of Asia. Such is their guilt that they change the names. Palm Oil may be listed as an ingredient under such as:
PKO – Palm Kernel Oil
PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo)
PHPKO – Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil
FP(K)O – Fractionated Palm Oil
OPKO – Organic Palm Kernel Oil
Palmitate – Vitamin A or Asorbyl Palmitate (NOTE: Vitamin A Palmitate is a very common ingredient in breakfast cereals and we have confirmed 100% of the samples we’ve investigated to be derived from palm oil)
Sodium Laureth Sulphate (Can also be from coconut)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (can also be from ricinus oil)
Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
Chemicals which contain palm oil
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)
Hydrated palm glycerides
Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)
Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate (names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil, but as in the case of Vitamin A Palmitate, very rarely a company will use a different vegetable oil)
Not Just In Food
Palm Oil is not just in food it is in cosmetics too.
The Good News
The good news is that Palm Oil is only in around 50% of the products on the Supermarket shelves. There ARE alternatives. Ethical purchasing will hit the corrupt uncaring companies in their bank balance and force change.
Also good to know is there are people working to save Orangutans from their destroyed homes. They rescue every animal they can. They care for them and support them to the best of their ability. It needs money though....for food, accommodation and veterinary care. This is no stop gap short term cure. Orangutans are long lived animals. They need support, our support till the end of their days. We owe it to them. It is our lifestyle which as left them homeless.
On World Orangutan Day why not pledge to support one of the organisations which really cares for Orangutans? That actually returns some to protected forests.
The very best is http://savetheorangutan.org/ founded by the remarkable Lone Dröscher Nielsen.
There are other good rescue facilities out there but equally there are others who are more concerned at being famous or lining their own corrupt pockets.
My choice would always be to support Lone, because I know she cares, I know she will make sure that our money goes where it is truly most needed.
Jesus As an Orangutan
Whether you are religious or take a scientific approach to life we all have to appreciate that we are actually sharing our planet with other creatures. We as the mega primate need to be concerned about all life, not just ours. We need to care especially to care for our primate cousins, our closest relatives. The home of the Orangutans is being destroyed. They really have nowhere else to go. They cannot catch a boat or a plane. They cannot even walk away as the trees are burned around them. They will die. They will disappear. The only place you will be able to see our magnificent cousins will be within well managed zoos. What would Jesus have to say?
Other Animal Days
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