The industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty.
Pictures: Window on the World 18th October
Sumatran orangutans "Bella" (L, born in 1981) and her daughter "Harapan" (born on February 3, 2005) are pictured on October 15, 2012 at the Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany, during a press appointment to promote the tv film "Lost on Borneo" by German public tv chain ARD. Central theme of the film is the endangered habitat for the animals living in the wild in the rain forests of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Orangutans are considered to be pests by the palm oil industry. In the deforestation process, orangutans are often run over by logging machinery, beaten to death, buried alive or set on fire. This absolutely enrages me!
Unsustainable palm oil development fuels widespread rainforest destruction, human rights abuses, illegal wildlife smuggling, climate change and the destruction of delicate ecosystems across South-East Asia.