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January

Personal Updates and blog entry Palm Oil: Help Save Orangutans and Other Animals From Extinction

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 more regularly.

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 either.

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 So for now I continue to struggle with outdated software.

 

Palm Oil: Help Save Orangutans and Other Animals From Extinction.

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 petition:

“The habitats of iconic endangered species like tigers, orangutans, and rhinoceros are going up in flames, and being replaced with palm tree plantations.

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.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition

Save Our Planet By Putting An End To Unsustainable Palm Oil
http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/petition/Indonesian-Fires?  

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 oil in the next fifteen years, this cutie and her family will no longer exist.”

Continue Reading:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/how-orangutan-feels-about-extinction/  – includes actions you can take to help save orangutans

Sumatran Orangutans – on the edge of extinction

“The orangutans’ forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale, logging continues even within national parks, and road networks divide the remaining forests into isolated fragments. Human-orangutan conflict is now frequent in farmlands, as orangutans raid crops in search of enough food for survival.”

Continue reading, includes Actions you can take to help Orangutans
http://www.orangutans-sos.org/orangutans/crisis?gclid=CPeIhvWMmssCFXMz0wod3LUIOw

Orangutan Project

“Indonesia is home to some of the most rich and biodiverse rainforest in the world.

It contains over 80 endemic species and some of the world’s most unique and iconic endangered wildlife such as the orangutan, elephant and tiger. “

Continue reading  also suggested actions such as Join the Palm Oil Resistance Movement
http://www.orangutan.org.au/palm-oil

Be sure to check out this page with information about buying palm oil free:
https://www.orangutan.org.au/about-orangutans/palm-oil/buy-palm-oil-free/

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

Take Action

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 source

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 and extinction.

Sample Letter

Hi

I have been buying your products for many years, and it has been awhile since I checked out the ingredients.

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

Yours Sincerely

The contact details of all retailers are available on their websites. Don’t forget to check with less well known retailers and don’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. 

You can read more about sustainable palm oil here:
http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php  – as you will read there are still problems with sustainable forest. The best solution would be not to grow palm oil at all.

However this is unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. Please therefore consider the following:

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.

Continue reading:
http://theirturn.net/2015/04/02/sustainable-palm-oil/

Try to avoid palm oil or buy from sustainable resources only

Simply check the ingredients list

Here are a couple of lists of palm oil alternatives which may or may not be available in your country. When it doubt check with the manufacturer.

Borneo Orangutan Survival Austraila
http://www.orangutans.com.au/Orangutans-Survival-Information/Helping-you-buy-responsibly-Palm-oil-free-alternatives.  - scroll down for a list of palm oil free or CSPO  )Certified Sustainable Palm Oil) products

Rain Forest Foundation UK
http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org/what-you-can-do/others-ways-to-support-us/be-an-ethical-shopper/ - has a pdf downloadable product guide you can keep with you

January

Please help stop cruelty to angora Rabbits

Who would wish to harm such beautiful and gentle animals?

cilantro

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 to TJX

"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 by predators."

Please continue reading and send a message
 

Urge Global Retailer TJX to Stop Selling Angora and Fur

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/global-retailer-tjx-angora-fur/

Please try to edit and personalise but if for some reason this is not possible please send the template messages as they are. Please Share widely

For additional impact you may wish to contact TJX directly. Here are TJX’s Corporate Headquarter's contact details:
https://www.tjx.com/contact/contact.html

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.

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