10 Photos That Will Make You Never Want To Buy Palm Oil Ever Again

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Every day the rainforests that endangered Borneo Orangutans depend on for their survival are destroyed to make way for palm plantations.

Palm oil companies like PT Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (PT BGA), a subsidiary of Bumitama Agri Ltd, send in bulldozers to clear the forest so they can plant palm trees. Sometimes individual orangutans are hurt, captured and sold, or shot and killed. Thankfully, some are found and saved by trained orangutan rescue teams.

This is a photo essay of an orangutan rescue in an area being cleared by PT BGA in West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

“We were asked by the local forestry department to assist in the rescue of some orangutans found in a palm plantation area in Ketapang while the land clearing was taking place,” says Karmele Llano Sánchez, BVSc, MSc, Executive Director, Yayasan IAR Indonesia. “We deployed our team and found a number of orangutans were stranded, starving and in need of immediate medical attention. This orangutan rescue is an example of the rescues that our teams are frequently doing in areas where palm oil companies are clearing forests to make way for new palm oil plantations ”

WARNING: Some of these pictures are fairly graphic and might be hard to look at. The orangutan is stunned though, not dead. Still, these photos tell a story that is at once tragic and uplifting.

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We are witnessing the last stand for the orangutan. Their fate is in the palm of our hands.

Make a stand for the orangutan by joining RAN’s Palm Oil Action Team.

August 19th is World Orangutan Day. Show your support for the orangutan rescue teams by attending the World Orangutan Event on Facebook.

55 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Larry says:

    Gemma,
    Keep up the great work. As some stated above it is difficult in the Western world to know what products contain palm oil, so any help there would be appreciated.
    Larry

  2. Robert M. says:

    Please! Provide a list of products using the consumption of Palm tree oil….. Also any other conglomerates or corporations linked to this companies.

  3. Hogan says:

    What a poor orangutans, they really need to be taken care of and conserved, Palm oil company just thinking out their profit only, Really sad photos. The alternatives for palm oil needs to be introduced to everyone such canola oil, sun flower oil etc

  4. Debra Edgington says:

    We must stop these corporations from killing the many species that inhabit our planet all for the sake of greed! Every day another, and another teeters on the brink, and all for what? Nothing more than greed.

  5. Rob Coles says:

    If we can not sustain the environment for the wild.We are
    Doomed also.. mothwr nature is striking back.
    It is the worlds greedy that don’t care .

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