Get the tissues: “As bounty hunters with bush knives entrapped them in a circle and moved in for the kill, the only thing this mother orang-utan could think to do was to wrap a giant protective arm around her daughter.”
Luckily, rescue group Four Paws saved the orangutan and her baby. They were released back into the wild in a more remote and safer area. Jeez, I am so thankful. And what were these men trying to kill the mama and baby for?: palm oil. The Borneo palm oil companies are said to be offering £70 (about $110) for each orangutan killed on their plantations. So sad. And bounty hunters aren’t the only problem, there’s also severe deforestation due, again, to palm oil. One preferred method of clearing is uncontrolled fires that have killed thousands of orangutans. Fucking A.
Four Paws has some really great programs in place to help orangutans, they seem like an awesome organization. You can donate to them here. I found this palm oil free shopping guide. Does anyone have any other resources about palm oil they recommend? I feel like palm oil is my worst issue, it’s just everywhere; it’s overwhelming. Any tips for me? I’ve heard that organic palm oil doesn’t have the same issues and is fine to eat — do you know if that’s true? I quit regular Earth Balance awhile back and only buy the organic kind and the AMAZING coconut spread! It’s amazing!
via Daily Mail