It’s World Orangutan Day! »
As you may or may not remember, orangutans are my second most favorite animal (the dang elephants have a tight grip on my heart) and as you may or may not have heard, today is World Orangutan Day! Today we take action to help save the orangutans from deforestation and those murderous palm oil companies!
So check out the pages linked above and do what you can to save these super awesome animals.
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
Top 10 links of the week: A slinky catwalk through the sexy hallways of veganism! »
[Now THAT is a bird video. It made my sister cry]
First up: Why Eating Animals is a Social Justice Issue by Malenie Joy.
A vending machine that dispenses meat. What. The fuck.
Um…sex with animals linked to penis cancer. You heard me.
Britain Some British conservationists want to make an island for orangutans! HOW MUCH DO I WANT TO GO THERE?
Another from The Gothamist, NYC’s pet shops are filled with puppymill dogs. Adoy!
From Refinery 29, uggo sweaters for the 1%! Lots of wool, lots of fur, lots of fug.
Turns out, elephants in the Eastern Congo are dying due to human conflict more than anything else. Shit is effed.
Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero are getting love in The New York Times for their book, Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-this-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobblers and More Go ‘head, ladies!