Protect Orangutans and Tigers From Law-Breaking Palm Oil Companies

Target: Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia’s Minister for Environment and Forestry

Goal: Stop palm oil producers from infiltrating critical forests and protected animal habitats.

The world’s largest palm oil producer is handing over more of its lands to greedy corporations while ignoring flagrant violations of environmental law. Currently, over 600 companies have invaded Indonesia’s forest estate, replacing carbon-fighting vegetation with palm oil plantations. Although these invaders are supposed to be legally prohibited from these regions, they now occupy more than 20 percent of the land, including national parks.

The government has apparently given amnesty that allows palm oil producers to operate without constraints. The lands and their inhabitants suffer in the process. The plantations occupy 183,687 hectares of orangutan habitat and 148,839 hectares of Sumatran tiger habitat, placing these two natural wonders in jeopardy. The eradication of dense forests has also rendered the region vulnerable to heat waves, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

Sign the petition below to demand Indonesian leaders stop sacrificing the long-term health and safety of their critical forests for short-term gain.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Bakar,

Unforgiving wildfires, oppressive heat waves, extinct animals, and once-breathable air now choking and strangling: this dire future awaits Indonesia if the country continues shielding the people and the entities destroying its most important guardians. The sprawling forest estate is a crucial ally in combating the worst effects of the climate crisis, soaking up dangerous carbon saturation that would otherwise wreak havoc. Yet by the day, more of this precious estate disappears.

To date, over three million hectares have been lost to palm oil plantations that should be prohibited under the law. Only the smaller companies are seemingly punished for blatant infractions, while the more powerful players are granted amnesty to snatch more habitat away from at-risk animals like the orangutan and the Sumatran tiger. The escalating repercussions will extend far beyond these animals if you do not change course.

Please stop protecting palm oil at the expense of the environment and local communities’ future. Safeguard these invaluable forest assets, and they will return your investment in full.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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23 Comments

  1. Nicole Wittrig says:

    Please don’t dismiss the importance of this.

  2. Maria Bertrand says:

    How is this helping the Green Initiatives that are supposed to begin world wide? DO YOUR PART!

    You are hurting animals and the planet. Get restraints in place and enforce them with hefty fines!!!!!!!!!

    MORE GREED AND YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING LEFT!!!!!!

  3. It is just unconscionable and unacceptable that these natural habitats and resources are being ROBBED of their main objective – and that is to provide FOOD AND SAFE HAVENS FOR THE WILD ANIMALS THAT CALL IT HOME. This ruination of these habitats and environments HAS TO STOP. THIS IS A SIN AND A CRIME AGAINST NATURE! HUMAN BEINGS HAVE NO RIGHT TO DESTROY THESE NATURAL FORESTS AND LANDS.

  4. We don’t NEED Palm Oil, there are substitutes. This world (not OUR world) belongs to all living things. There will be many who will disagree with my words: the religions of the world, the Bible, give wrong instructions to humans, that we are the preferred species and we are in charge of the “lesser animals.” NO. Life developed as it did, from little and lesser to large and “intelligent.” Being “intelligent” should mean that we understand better how things should BE better. Think for yourself — figure things out — we humans can do SOOOO much better — money, being wealthy isn’t the key to happiness.

  5. janice c jankauskas says:

    I will stop using them after hearing about this

  6. It is especially important to check ALL ingredients in packaged foods. Palm oil creeps into so many of these products.. it’s horrifying! And no, we do not need palm oil. The destruction of these incredible habitats for orangutans and other species for palm oil is incomprehensible. Human greed at it’s worst.

  7. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    With all due respect, the world’s rainforests are IRREPLACEABLE, and provide oxygen, remove carbon dioxide from our air, and the unique, abundant and varied plants are a source of medicine and food for people and animals alike. Please STOP the destruction of these places for short term profits. Greed and shortsightedness are killing us all.

  8. When you run out of the palm trees and become another Haiti, it will be too late. You will have NO economy or leverage FOR an economy. You will have nothing to offer a tourist or visitor so you will lose that money as well. And Indonesia DESERVES to become a 4th world country that sold it soul and its forests and their inhabitants down the river just for money.

  9. Daisy Taymans says:

    Save those Animals

  10. It is such a shame and heartbreaking to see environmental habitats demolished and invaded by Corporations. It is almost as if they are granted special privileges and permissions to destroy the lands regardless of the living animals that reside there. It is even easy to assume that financial briberies play a role.

  11. It would also help if people would boycott visiting these countries, and LET THEM KNOW WHY you are not spending your tourist dollars there. Some tourists are just brain-dead and oblivious and think only of their own selfishness. WE ALL have the opportunity to speak with our dollars.

  12. LEAVE ALL FOREST, LAND & WILD LIFE ENVIRONMENT ALONE WE NEED LIVE ANIMALS TO LIVE IN THOSE PLACE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN TO SEE AND LEARN ABOUT IN YEARS TO COME. NO MORE PALM OIL IS NEEDED USE ALTERNATIVES IMMEDIATELY!!!!

  13. Therese Kutscheid says:

    I strongly believe, nature would be just fine without humans, but I don’t think that humans would be fine without the nature. There are too many companies that just think of profits. I don’t understand why is that permitted by law. I am 69 years and never needed palm oil for cooking, I never did missed as there are many other oils that we can use for consumption which does not take living space away from any wild animals.

  14. Stephanie Geyser says:

    I wonder how much bribe money the palm oil companies are paying to the Indonesian government, to allow them to rape and destroy the country’s natural environment?

  15. Jane Todaro says:

    Please protect these animals and their habitats. We can use butter rather than palm oil.

  16. This is an EXTREME ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST ALL PEOPLE ON THIS PLANET.
    SITI NURBAYA BAKAR, Indonesia’s Minister for Environment and Forestry is a CRIMINAL SCUM who allows it to happen!!!!

  17. STOP THIS CRUELTY NOW!!~!!~! NO MORE PALM OIL!!!

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