Palm oil is terrible for the environment and leads to the death of an estimated 6,000 orangutans each year as a result of deforestation. If that’s not enough to make you rethink using palm oil, you need to see this video.
Orangutans, along with many other animals, are constantly being run out of their homes due to logging and entire forests are cut down to make palm oil. The sobering reality of this is made evident in this footage captured and shared by the International Animal Rescue.
“This desperate orangutan is frantically seeking refuge from the destructive power of the bulldozer; a machine that has already decimated everything else around him.”
International Animal Rescue
This took place in the Sungai Putri forest of Borneo, Indonesia. According to The Independent, the footage was captured in 2013 but was just recently released to the media.
The video shows the reaction of an orangutan faced with watching his entire home be torn apart.
As he scampers away in fear, he ends up face to face with the excavator. It’s almost as if he reaches up to it for help before it knocks him over.
Imagine the horror this orangutan was filled with as the man behind the machine destroyed everything in sight – his home, his neighbor’s home; all gone in a flash.
Perhaps this was his favorite tree – the last thing still standing in a sea of rubble. And then, even after escaping death by excavator, where was he supposed to go?
As for this orangutan, International Animal Rescue stepped up to rescue him after his entire home was destroyed.
“Despite all the obstacles thrown at them, our team were able to rescue this orangutan and bring him to safety,” International Animal Rescue writes.
The group warns of many different consequences associated with logging, for instance it drives more animals into civilized communities. This creates conflict, and often unnecessary death for the animal.
Other issues associated with deforestation include:
- Reduced biodiversity – as more forests are cut down, more animals and plants lose their homes
- Perpetuates climate change and reduces available carbon – rainforests are the carbon sinks of the planet, absorbing incredible amounts of carbon released from fossil fuels. When forests are chopped down, this carbon goes back into the air.
- It’s not just the animals that suffer. It also takes away homes from indigenous peoples and violates their land rights, as well as human rights.
While Indonesia’s rainforests take up just 1% of Earth’s total land, they contain 12% of mammal species,10% of the world’s known plant species, and 17% of all bird species.
Many of these species are endangered or facing extinction, such as Sumatran tigers, rhinos and orangutans.
International Animal Rescue
“Unfortunately, scenes like this are becoming more and more frequent in Indonesia. Deforestation has caused the orangutan population to plummet; habitats are destroyed, and orangutans are left to starve and die.”
Considering there are approximately 50,000 to 100,000 forest trees per square km, that means we cut down at least 3.5 to 7 billion trees every year.
What can you do to help? Stop buying palm oil! Also, beware that palm oil is an ingredient in many things including some pizza dough, lipstick, ice cream, detergent, instant noodles, chocolate, and shampoo.
Share this post with your friends and family. The more people that know about this, the better chance we have at fighting back on behalf of the orangutans, and all the other wild animals.
The destruction currently taking place in our world’s forests is more horrifying than this video alone could ever show, yet the world’s largest advertisers don’t want you to know this. Perhaps that’s how it’s still allowed to continue.
The top global companies are all very reliant on palm oil, making it one of the heaviest harvested products in rainforests worldwide.