Palm Oil: Help Save Orangutans and Other Animals
As a result of personal
circumstances I have not updated this blog or the
website for some time. I hope this year that things
will change and I can once again update the website
I would like to begin by
publishing here an article along with petitions
which has previously been published on my blog which
until recently has not had any updates for some time
Before doing so I would
briefly like to explain why the website may have
glitches or odd formatting such as those lines under
some links in the selection bar but no under others.
In recent years progress
on my website has been impeded by the ever changing
way things are done on-line . In the case of this
website concerning the software I now struggle to
use with increasing difficulty, namely Microsoft's
Front Page, is now obsolete. While it continues to
function it does not do so well and formatting,
editing and just about anything can be problematic.
There is no way I can transfer my website to any
other website code writing software or apt such as Microsoft's replacement Expression web 4. It would
mean transferring the entire website page by page, a
huge task which would be time consuming and make it
even more difficult to update any time soon. I have
transferred some of the website to Weebly, but this
again is enormously time consuming and is after a
year still incomplete. So for now I continue to
struggle with outdated software.
Help save Orangutans and other animals from
extinction as a result of the irresponsible
cultivation of palm oil.
I am sure you are aware of the environmental damage
as a result of the cultivation of palm oil, in
particular the loss of habitat for many animals
including Orangutans who in countries such as
Sumatra are under threat of extinction as their
forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm
plantations on a massive scale.
Firstly please sign and share the following
“The habitats of iconic endangered species like
tigers, orangutans, and rhinoceros are going up in
flames, and being replaced with palm tree
Palm tree oil is one of the hottest commodities on
the planet — it’s inexpensive, trans fat-free, and
can be found in roughly fifty percent of all market
products, according to Rainforest Action Network.
But our excessive use of palm oil has come with a
significant cost: the homes and lives of the most
beautiful creatures on the planet.”
You will find more suggestions
further down for actions you can take concerning
palm oil and its disastrous effects on wildlife.
More information and actions you can take
How This Baby Orangutan Feels About the Fact Their
Population Might Be Extinct in 15 Years
“Listen up, people. See this super adorable baby
orangutan? See his cute lil’ pout? And that hair?
That hair! Blowing in wind. All innocent and cute.
Well, if we humans don’t do something aboutdeforestation
and palm oilin
the next fifteen years, this cutie and her family
will no longer exist.”
forest home is being felled and turned intooil
a massive scale, logging continues even within
national parks, and road networks divide the
remaining forests into isolated fragments.Human-orangutan
now frequent in farmlands, as orangutans raid crops
in search of enough food for survival.”
While palm oil is an ingredient of so many things
you consume or use it can seem like a daunting task
to cross it off your shopping list but try to avoid
if an alternative exists or the product is not vital
or failing that buy from manufacturers that use a
sustainable source – more about sustainable palm oil
further down. I think it may put people off if it is
suggested to avoid palm oil entirely which may be
virtually impossible and as such may make it seem
like the situation is hopeless.
Help to stop the destruction of habitat for the
cultivation of palm oil by writing to manufacturers
and food producers
Where a product lists palm oil as one of its
ingredients why not write to the manufacturer
stating your objections and ask them to use another
type of oil or use palm oil from a sustainable
Here is an example of a letter to Sainsbury’s which
sell products produced by palm oil from sustainable
sources and also palm oil from unstainable sources,
– in other words grown on land from cleared rain
forests, sources that result in deforestation,
habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty
I have been buying your products for many years, and
it has been awhile since I checked out the
However recently as a result of worldwide concern
over the use of palm oil I decided to once again
look at the ingredients and was shocked to find that
in many cases these ingredients include palm oil.
Is your palm oil from a sustainable source?
If it is it might be an idea to indicate this on the
packet, if it isn’t please consider switching to a
sustainable source or using another type of oil.
I am sure you are aware of the
environmental damage as a result of the cultivation
of palm oil in particular the loss of habitat for
many animals including Orangutans who in countries
such as Sumatra are under threat of extinction as
their forest home is being felled and turned into
oil palm plantations on a massive scale: http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil
The contact details of all retailers
are available on their websites. Don’t forget to
check with less well known retailers anddon’t
assume that if a product is vegan or vegetarian that
this means that the palm oil that they invariably
use is from a sustainable source.
However this is unlikely to happen in the
foreseeable future. Please therefore consider the
Should we boycott palm oil?
Palm oil is here to stay for the indefinite future.
The vast majority is consumed in countries in Asia
and the Middle East where rainforest conservation is
a low priority and consumer demand for sustainable
products is negligible. If the American, European
and Australian NGOs fighting to save the rainforests
call for a boycott, then the companies that use palm
will have no incentive to purchase it from
sustainable sources. After all, why would companies
spend more money on sustainable palm if the people
who care about sustainability aren’t buying it? That
is why many NGOs argue that demanding and buying
responsible palm oil will, over time, protect the
remaining forests more than boycotting it will.
Who would wish to harm such beautiful and gentle
You cannot imagine it can you but TJX a global
retailer who claims to "deliver great value to
[its] customers through the combination of brand,
fashion, price, and quality." most certainly
condones shocking cruelty to rabbits and is
complicit in its perpetuation by selling products
made from angora.
PLease read the following From peta and help stop
this cruel trade in suffering by sending a message
"This global retailer sells angora in its U.S. and
Canadian stores—including T.J.Maxx, HomeGoods,
Marshalls, Sierra Trading Post, Winners, and
HomeSense—even though it knows that every three
months, angora rabbits are dragged out of tiny,
filthy cages and their fur is violently ripped out
as they scream in pain. It looks like this:
More than 200 major retailers have dropped angora
because its production is so unethical. But TJX
doesn't seem to care."
"And it's not only angora rabbits who are suffering.
Marshalls, Winners, and HomeSense in Canada also
sell items trimmed with the fur of animals who were
killed for fashion and home décor in painful,
gruesome ways. Fur-bearing animals such as minks,
foxes, rabbits, and even dogs and cats often spend
their entire lives confined to cramped wire cages,
and fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest
killing methods available, including suffocation,
electrocution, gassing, and poisoning. Animals
trapped in the wild can suffer for days from blood
loss, dehydration, and injuries sustained in attacks
reading and send a message
Urge Global Retailer TJX to Stop Selling Angora and
Please try to edit and personalise but if for some
reason this is not possible please send the template
messages as they are.Please
For additional impact you may wish to
contact TJX directly. Here are TJX’s Corporate
Headquarter's contact details:
I cannot understand the mind-set of any person who
inflicts such cruelty on another living being who
feels pain and terror as these helpless rabbits
experience for their entire lives. Furthermore I
cannot understand how anyone who knowing what
happens to these rabbits than continues to sell
or buy these products of cruelty.
"Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison
and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of
these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing
tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are
carted across the country in cramped and stuffy
boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or
caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and
are separated from their families and friends—all
for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these
animals even pay with their lives."
Warning the following video is hard to watch, it
turns my stomach and I can't watch it all. Elephants
must be gentle creatures as they seem rarely to
defend themselves or attack when being subjected to
such treatment. Or maybe it is because they know
that doing so will bring about even harsher abuse.
The video below shows the head trainer of Carson &
Barnes' viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook
and shocking them with electric prods as they scream in pain.
"This video shows behind-the-scenes elephant
training, bears pacing and bouncing abnormally in
cages, and tigers inside cramped, barren prisons in
Carson & Barnes Circus."
The manager of Garden Bros regularly beats the
animals, he withholds food from them and denies
them veterinary treatment.
Please send a message to ask
venues still planning to host this cruel circus to
consider these facts carefully and at least require
that scheduled performances go forward without
Venues That Garden Bros. Circus Needs to Drop Its
Cruel Animal Acts!
"Garden Bros. Circus, along with its elephant
act provided by Carson & Barnes Circus, is on tour
in the South, and we need your help to let the
venues planning to host it know about its
decades-long history of abusing animals.
Carson & Barnes' head trainer was caught onvideoviciously
attacking elephants with a bullhook and shocking
them with electric prods as they screamed in pain."
read more and send the message. There is a
template letter which you can edit to include your
own words but if this is not possible for some
reason please just send it as it is, butplease
send the message and share .
I cannot understand why there appears to be no laws
to stop such abuse happening when clearly there is
proof that these animals and others are mistreated.
Here in the UK the RSPCA would I am sure take action
and prosecute the circus and have the animals
removed. It sickens me that such evil people get away
with this vile abuse and so little can be done to
Recently Romania has banned wild animals in circusesand joins
19 other EU member states which have fully or
partially banned the use of wild animals in shows.
course of a Sunday lunch we happened to look out
of the kitchen window at our young lambs playing
happily in the fields. Glancing at our plates,
we suddenly realized that we were eating the leg
of an animal who had until recently been playing
in a field herself. We looked at each other and
said, “Wait a minute, we love these
sheep–they’re such gentle creatures. So why are
we eating them?” It was the last time we ever
did.” Linda and Paul
If you have
time for nothing else please take the following
action to help sheep:
There are more actions you can
take to help sheep further down. Please take as
many as you can.
Spring is here – well if you live
in the northern hemisphere it is. Nothing says
spring more than baby animals, particularly
lambs, though sadly the fate of these tiny
creatures mars the pleasure of seeing these
sweet gentle beings frolicking in meadows and
uplands here in the British countryside. It
breaks your heart to know that soon these
innocent helpless creatures will be taken from
their mothers and brutally slaughtered to
provide meat eaters with a food that they do not
need and is not natural.
The life of a tiny lamb is short,
in general only about four months unless he or
she is required for breeding. Some are killed
after only 10 weeks, a cruel end to a life which
begins with such exuberant joy.
“I do not
like eating meat because I have seen lambs and
pigs killed. I saw and felt their pain. They
felt the approaching death. I could not bear it.
I cried like a child. I ran up a hill and could
not breathe. I felt that I was choking. I felt
the death of the lamb.” Vaslav Nijinsky
Watch the Life of
a Lamb in 60 seconds.
Warning! very shocking
images of cruelty.
was filmed in farms and slaughter houses in
Italy, but much the same happens worldwide.
Though the campaign, which was to reduce lamb
consumption in Italy for Easter 2015, is a
couple of years old the problem of course
remains and with the approach of Easter yet
more innocent tiny lambs will meet the same
If you eat meat and consume lamb
it is likely on average you will have been
responsible for the death of 23 lambs in your
lifetime. Lambs just like
or the adorable lamb in the video
further down who is now safe in a sanctuary.
How about knit wear made from
wool, even lambs wool?
Lambs have so little wool so
please do not think that someone comes along
with a pair of shears and gently cuts their
fleece. Lambs wool is of course always taken
from slaughtered lambs. Adult sheep inevitably
suffer the same fate, even though they may be
sheared for a few years prior to slaughter
eventually they will be killed for meat. In the
meantime other than provide wool, a ewe’s main
purpose is to give birth every year until they
are too old to do so, at which time they too will
be mercilessly killed. Ewes are sent to
slaughter from four to eight years old when
their breeding days are over.
What of rams? Ever wondered why
you see so few rams?Usually
there are about 38 ewes to one ram.
Ram lambs not required for mating
are killed within a day or two after being born
will never smell the sweet air of spring or leap
and play in the fields.
Wool and meat are all the
products of the slaughter and
other abuse of a gentle defenceless animal who
wishes to live as much as you or I.
often a brutal savage experience as you will see
in the following video.
Watch Wool in 60 Seconds Flat.Warning
very shocking images
If you buy a garment made of wool
you support a cruel and bloody industry.There
is no excuse, there are plenty of synthetic
fibres many of which are in my opinion warmer
than wool, easier to care for and are more
durable. However even if this was not so, there
is never any justification for such cruelty to
another sentient being. Wool belongs to lambs
and sheep. It evolved to protect them from
severe weather, their fleece effectively
providing insulation against both cold and
heat. At one time prior to human interference
sheep grew just enough wool to protect them
from extreme temperatures, they naturally shed
their wool in warmer weather.
Read about the cruelty that lies
behind the wool industry including museling :
“In Australia, where more than 50 percent of the
world’s merino wool—which is used in products
ranging from clothing to carpets—originates,
lambs are forced to endure a gruesome procedure
in which huge chunks of skin are cut from the
animals’ backsides, often without any
seems so idyllic when you see tiny lambs
gambolling on a warm summer’s day and you see
all the hype on TV and elsewhere about lambing.
The truth of the matter is much
Did you know that rather than
being born in the spring as the farming industry
would have you believe, millions of lambs are
born in January when it is bitterly cold and
when a million of these babies die of
hypothermia. This is done to provide meat eaters
with lamb for Easter. Over the years farmers
have interfered with the natural breeding cycle.
High prices are paid for Easter lamb and many
farmers have changed this cycle so that lambs
are born earlier.
Read about the truth that lies
behind sheep farming that the BBC’s popular
Lambing Live programme glosses over .
see it as the ultimate in free-range farming,
the seemingly idyllic scene of a ewe and her
lambs grazing is misleading. These animals spend
their entire lives under human control. Behind
the pastoral image lies an industry that relies
on the mutilation of baby animals – and where
life for many sheep and lambs is short and
filled with pain, disease and fear.”
Lambing Lies Fact Sheet
My husband and I are regular
visitors to the Yorkshire Dales and Moors and
the Durham Dales. It is a delight in spring to
see the mothers with their curious playful
lambs. They ‘re so full of joy, skipping and
jumping or lying close to one another in the
summer sunshine. This is of course in April or
later. Earlier in the year it is a sad
experience to see these tiny lambs huddled near
their mothers who also are struggling to survive
against the cold of winter, yes I have seen
lambs as early as January and most certainly by
mid February and early March when the wind can
be bitter with driving rain, sleet and snow. The
Yorkshire Moors and Dales are beautiful scenic
places and on a visit in spring or summer many
people are oblivious to the realities of this
harsh climate in which these fragile animals
have to endure. The lucky ones who survive, if
lucky is indeed the correct word, will in a few
short months be rounded up and taken to
slaughter. There is definitely a different feel
to the place when all these tiny beings so full
of life are taken away. One weekend you can be
driving through or hiking and see hundreds of
lambs and their mothers and the following week
the hills are bare of these baby creatures, only
the mothers remain to face another autumn when
once gain they are impregnated and endure the
whole miserable cycle again.
Lambs are beautiful creatures,
gentle often friendly. We have had lambs and
sometimes their mothers come up to us curious
about us as we are about them, though the
mothers can be very protective of their
offspring and you can be met with loud angry
bleats. So unless they readily approach you when
hill walking it is best to leave them alone as
many sheep are timid creatures.
Lambs and sheep of course are
sentient like your dog or your cat:
“Sheep show compassion! Form
Judge for yourself.
Jeffery Massom in this book The
pig who Sang to the Moon tells the story of
Rammo, ” a macho two-year old Ramouillet ram”
who formed a special and compassionate bond with
Whisper, a cow who was born blind.
“Rams tend to be loners, and he
was a pretty tough ram, so it seemed unusual
that he would take up with a blind member of
another species. But he did”
“He would graze next to her all
day and guide her about the field, making
certain she did not bump into the fence or
posts…When she had a calf , Shout, sired by an
Angus bull, Rammo behaved paternally toward the
young animal, more so than even to his own
offspring, several bouncy lambs. Whisper lived
to be four years and than died in 1996 of a
viral infection. Rammo mourned her a long time,
standing by her dead body, calling and calling”
Look at the video of this
adorable lamb, surely there can be no doubt that
this little animal is a thinking, feeling, aware
Related Links Read more about the cruel abuse of sheep and
“Each year over 4 million sheep die of cold and
hunger, the complications of pregnancy,
injury, infestation and illness such as
pneumonia and exposure. Each year one million
lambs die of exposure. Often blamed on foxes, in
reality the high losses are the direct result of
neglect and exploitation by farmers themselves.”
“The life of a tiny lamb is short, in general
only about four months unless he or she is
required for breeding. Some are killed after
only 10 weeks. Ram lambs not required for
mating are killed within a day or two after
being born. Ewes are killed from four to eight
years after their breeding days are over. The
meat from older sheep is called mutton and is
less popular than lamb and used for processed
Horrifying truth of wool industry laid bare as
sheep are skinned alive in undercover video:
more intelligent than they appear. In many
areas, such as memory, their cognitive powers
match or exceed those of ‘higher’ vertebrates
including non-human primates
Culum Brown University of Edinburgh
Fish do not get a lot of sympathy in quite the
same way as other animals, yet their lives are
just as important. Fish are sentient creatures
who suffer both physically and psychologically.
The poor creature in the video below struggles
vainly for breath, an horriffic way to die and
as the article which follows says, it is the
stuff off nightmares
Please click the link below to watch the video which you are advised is
difficult to watch. I regret I cannot show this
video directly on this page as I usually do, for
some reason I can't embed it as I can with You
BUT I JUST EAT FISH
Fish are tortured in so many ways from being cut
apart alive on the fishing boats to being cut
apart alive in restaurants…. DON’T TAKE PART IN
THIS BARBARITY TO ANOTHER LIVING BEING…..Leave
them and ALL Sea Life off of your plate!
the actions suggested in the article including
sending the message linked below to Urge
legislators in California and New York to
introduce laws that will stop restaurants from
mutilating and serving live animals :
Fish are sentient
Screams Can’t Be Heard
Fish feel pain and suffer psychological
distress. Below is an excellent article by Marc
Bekoff with links to numerous essays and studies
which validate the fact that fish feel pain and
are sentient beings like any other animal.
Science Shows Fish Feel Pain, So
Let’s Get Over It and Do Something to Help These
A set of essays in the new
the question of whether fish feel pain is a must
read. Fish are not mere streams of readily
available unfeeling protein.
don’t think fish are intelligent watch the
following video. While I don’t condone making
animals perform tricks this video nonetheless
shows how intelligent fish are. Yes a fish is an
animal. Obvious to most people right?
Unfortunately there are those who do not
consider fish to be an animal. I had a friend
who insisted she was vegetarian regardless of
the fact she ate fish. You could not convince
fish is an animal along with other aquatic
creatures such as jelly fish, crustaceans and so
you eat fish and other sea creatures you are
neither a vegetarian nor a vegan.
“Leading scientists are in
agreement that fish feel pain. As biologist
Victoria Braithwaite writes, “there is as much
evidence that fish feel pain and suffer as there
is for birds and mammals” – a conclusion hardly
surprising to anyone who has seen a fish
struggling and fighting for his or her life when
pulled from the water.”
Fish are intelligent animals who
lead complex lives that rival those of your dog
and other mammals.
and whales are accepted without doubt as
intelligent creatures, sensitive, aware,
conscious: sentient. But what about other
aquatic creatures, the myriad species of fish,
27000 in all, which is more than all vertebrate
species combined, are they sentient?
Approximately three new species of fish are
discovered each week! And even more vast are the
huge numbers of species of invertebrate
creatures such as molluscs – Octopuses, squids,
snails, slugs, do they possess sentience? The
ocean is a vast habitat teeming with life,
astronomical in number and diversity, creatures
dwell even in the most inhospitable of
Stop the cruelty
to fish and other aquatic animals and go vegan
Eating at home?
Why not try VBites fish streak, fish cakes and
fish fingers, these products and others may be
available at Holland and Barrett in the
refrigerator section or in any health food
store. Yes they really do taste of fish, though
frankly I have never been that keen on fish.
Ever noticed the stench of fish at a market or a
seaside town, not pleasant. The stench of death
in one small fishing village in Scotland was so
overpoweringly awful I never visited again. Over
so many many years millions of sentient beings
met their deaths here and out in the sea, caught
in nets they were dragged aboard a fishing
vessel and left to die gasping for air.
We do not need
sea food to be healthy, we do not need the flesh
or any other derivative from any animal, it is
neither natural nor humane.