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Free From Award Winning brand Bloomtown UK is now Orangutan Alliance Certified Palm Oil Free. Their products are also PETA-certified vegan & cruelty-free - and free from parabens, sulphates, phthalates, synthetic colours and detergents #palmoilfree #palmoilfreeskincare #orangutanalliance #certifiedpalmoilfree #palmoilfreecertified
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Find out why Uk Award Winning Free From Brand Bloomtown joined other global brands to become palm oil free certified by Orangutan Alliance International Palm Oil Free Certification and why what you purchase matters.

In the dawn of Iceland Foods UK going palm oil free, bath and beauty brand Lush buying land to save endangered species, a new movement into palm oil-free gains momentum and for important reasons.  UK body & skincare company  Bloomtown , who won the Best Brand award a
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The hidden ingredient. Here are some of the names for palm oil. https://www.palmoilinvestigations.org/names-for-palm-oil.html
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Tomorrow is PepsiCo's Annual General Meeting in North Carolina and they don't want their shareholders to know about their major remaining problems with Conflict Palm Oil. Check out the products and brands under the PepsiCo belt here http://www.pepsico.com.au/brands/ RAN will be there to pressure PepsiCo and demand action to end the exploitation of workers, local communities and the destruction of rainforests. Watch and share this 90-second action video that exposes PepsiCo as a palm oil laggard and calls for #SolidarityWithPalmOilWorkers. ran.org/solidarity
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'The more we hear, read and think about the consequences of our actions, the more likely it is that we'll change.' #PalmOil #Deforestation #Palmoilinvestigations

It is believed that more than 50,000 orangutans have been killed in the past two decades to make room for more palm-oil trees 
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The loss of diversity of life for a project of this size is unimaginable.
The discovery of the #Tapanuli #orangutan, population approx only 800, has not stopped a Chinese state-run hydropower company from clearing forest for a planned dam.
“The impact will not just be the destruction of the habitat where they want to build the dam and roads, tunnel, electricity lines, but it will cause the #extinction of two of the three sub-populations, and in addition create access and destroy the most important habitat of the only viable population left,”

https://www.theguardian.com/…/worlds-newest-great-ape-threa…

The discovery of the Tapanuli orangutan has not stopped a Chinese state-run company from clearing forest for a planned dam. Conservationists fear this will be the beginning of the end for a species only known for six months
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Jono and Buddy have arrived in Kalimantan ❤️

Art provokes discussion which is why artist VHILS chiselled this huge orangutan mural to raise awareness, and hopefully action, before it's too late. The population of the newly recognised tapanuli orangutan, a Sumatran sub-species, is estimated to be only 800 and unsurprisingly their habitat is under threat.
#TapanuliOrangutan #CriticallyEndangered #Sumatra
https://www.designboom.com/…/vhils-orangutan-splash-burn-0…/

Look who is going home after 8 years locked in a small cage. We love you Jono, safe travels. Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN)

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Mondays! 😉 Have a great one!

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Although we admire the work of The Forest Trust - TFT and what they are trying to achieve. POI strongly disagrees with this view and article.
As demand for palm oil increases, so does the deforestation issue. It is our view that there needs to be a reduction in consumption.
We applaud Iceland foods for their decision to remove themselves from the issue, realistically it’s the only way to guarantee they are not contributing to the issue and we hope other large companies will ...follow suit.
Having just been in Sumatra, the extent of the issue is mind blowing and new plantations cropping up to feed the demand. Boycott is not the solution but slow down the demand, not increase it. Many brands tracing supply are still linked to deforestation, so in our view this is not the solution either, nor is certification.
Have Iceland foods taken the easy way out as mentioned in this article? Yes they have and in our view it’s the smartest move. Why continue on the hard route and continue to contribute to the destruction!
Iceland foods have also just donated £20,000 to International Animal Rescue. How many brands using palm oil have done that?
Indonesia is destroying their most valuable assets for short term gain.
Feel free to comment with your thoughts.
http://www.tft-earth.org/…/iceland-bowing-palm-oil-fight-h…/

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Iceland, one of the UK’s largest supermarket retailers, recently took the decision to ban palm oil from its own-brand products by the end of 2018, promising that this will reduce demand for palm oil by more than 500 tonnes a year. “Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing destruction,...
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More photos from Aaron Gekoski exposing Thailand's cruel animal tourist attractions. We want there to be no excuse for people to visit these places pleading ignorance of the facts, so we will keep spreading the word and we want to thank you very much for also doing so.
Please note that we are not advocating a boycott of Thailand, just these vile destinations.
Aaron Gekoski, Environmental Photojournalist
#WildlifeTrade #SelfishSelfie #Thailand...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Animals-locked-squalid-cages-T…

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Wildlife including tigers, elephants and monkeys are caged in the tiny enclosures and shackled with tiny, rusty chains that barely allow any movement.
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Fantastic campaign by the Auckland Zoo voiced by one of their long term primate experts, the lovely Christine, whom some of you may recognise from the TV show The Zoo.
Use your voice to ask for choice! The world’s most critically endangered wildlife are being injured, killed and displaced from their homes so unsustainable palm oil can be used in everything from breakfast cereals to toothpaste.

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Use your voice to ask for choice! The world’s most critically endangered wildlife are being injured, killed and displaced from their homes so unsustainable palm... oil can be used in everything from breakfast cereals to toothpaste.

Join us by standing up for those who are voiceless and demanding change! When the EU introduced the mandatory labelling of vegetable oils in 2014 this led to increased consumer demand for certified sustainable palm oil – why can’t us kiwis do the same?

The Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra is known as “the last place on Earth” for its unique biodiversity, yet as our senior primate keeper Christine explains, every hour an estimated 300 football field’s worth of rainforest is cut down, razed and burnt to the ground to make space for palm oil plantations.

The next Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum of Food Regulation will be held in June this year and over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more information about palm oil and our work with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) in Sumatra – please share our posts to help us get this message out to as many people as possible!

Convince our Minister for Food Safety, Damien O’Connor, that this should be at the front of his agenda by sending an email via the Unmask Palm Oil website - http://unmaskpalmoil.com/take-action-new-zealand/

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Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN)
The relocation of adult orangutan Jono & sun bear Buddy is happening real soon!
The joint team is working hard to prepare the relocations of these two victims of the illegal wildlife trade.
Buddy even had his claws removed as the trader was selling his body parts just before his rescue. Fortunately he was rescued & has been cared for by the dedicated team at the Governmental Wildlife Transit Center PPSTA.
Veterinarian Drh. Ketut from OFI arri...ved today at the center & together with him were Dhr Rangga & the JAAN veterinary team, Dhr Deni & Dhr Merry.
A press conference was held at the office of BKSDA & attended by Director of the Ministry of Forestry & Environment Ir. Wiratno as well as the Police Department.
The relocation of Jono & Buddy to the rehabilitation center @orangutanfoundationintl is made possible due to the joint efforts of @palmoilinvestigations, @kementerianlhk, @jakartaanimalaidnetwork & @orangutanfoundationint! 🙌🏼
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Relokasi si orangutan dewasa Jono dan beruang madu Buddy akan segera dilakukan! Tim gabungan bekerja sangat keras dalam persiapan relokasi kedua korban perdagangan satwa liar ini.
Bahkan cakar si Buddy dicabut karena si pedagang menjual bagian tubuhnya dulu tepat sebelum kami selamatkan.
Namun untungnya ia berhasil segera diselamatkan dan dirawat oleh tim yg berdedikasi di PPSTA pusat transit satwa liar pemerintah. Drh. Ketut dari OFI toba hari ini dan bersama Drh. Rangga dan tim Dokter hewan JAAN Drh. Beni & Drh. Merry.
Konferensi oers akan diadakan di kantor BKSDA dan dihadiri oleh Direktur Kementerian LHK Ir. Wiratno dan Kepolisian. Relokasi Jono & Buddy ke Pusat Rehabilitasi @OrangutanFoundationIntl ini berhasil dilakukan berkat tim gabungan sldari @palmoilinvestigations @kementerianlhk @jakartaanimalaidnetwork dan @orangutanfoundationIntl! 🙌🏼
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#CombatWildlifeTrade #orangutan #teamwork #satwadilindungi #jakartaanimalaidnetwork #combatwildlifecrime #illegalwildlifetrade #illegalwildlife #sunbear #orangutan #jaanwildlife

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Bon voyage Jono ❤️ https://m.detik.com/…/bksda-dki-kirim-orangutan-dan-beruang…
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Jakarta - A orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) named Jono and a honey bear (Helarctos malayanus) named Baddy will be moved (translocated) to quarantine center of Orangutan Foundation International (OFI). Translocation is done to quarantine these two animals before being released into their habitat.
"This translocation displaces the Kalimantan orangutans whose name is Jono and Baddy the sun be...ar, so we will move from the Tegal Alur Wildlife Rescue Center to the Orangutan Care and Center Quarantine (OCCQ) rehabilitation center in Pangkalan Bun," said Head of KSDA Jakarta Ahmad Munawir at the Wildlife Rescue Center (PPS) Tegal Alur, Jalan Benda Raya, Kalideres, West Jakarta, Thursday (19/4/2018).

Both of these protected animals will be rehabilitated at OCCQ located in Pasir Panjang Village, Kotawaringin Barat, Central Kalimantan. Later Jono and Baddy will be re-released in their habitat in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan.

"Jono and Baddy will be undergoing rehabilitation for some time at OCCQ until then can be re-released to their habitat in Tanjung Puting National Park," he explained.

During quarantine later, these animals will be taught to adapt and socialize with their natural habitat. Because, during the PPS the animals did not socialize with animals of the same type.
"So quarantine he will get a bigger place, then he can see the forest and can socialize with other orang utans, will be quarantined, taught how to find food and climb, most importantly, he must be smart to make a nest. , "Ahmad continued.

Meanwhile, the OFI Jakarta representative, Reni, said he had prepared a rehabilitation program for Jono and Baddy before he was released into his habitat.
"We are basically ready because the rehabilitation and quarantine program is already our work in Pangkalan Bun, in this case because Jono is an adult, so it needs a bigger special cage and yesterday in orang utan call center, we have prepared more cages great for him, "said Reni.

Jono and Baddy are animals that are treated temporarily by PPS Tegal Alur. Jono was handed over the owner voluntarily to Balai KSDA Jakarta. This orangutan has been treated in PPS Tegal Alur for about 6 years.
While Baddy is a sun bears obtained from confiscated Polda Metro Jaya, which then submitted to Balai KSDA Jakarta on April 4, 2017.

The plan, Baddy and Jono dispatched on Monday (23/4) at 09.00 pm. Flights will be made from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Iskandar Airport in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan.
In this event was also present Director General KSDAE Ministry of Environment and Forestry Wiratno and Head of Public Relations Polda Metro Jaya Kombes Argo Yuwono.

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Seekor orang utan bernama Jono dan beruang madu bernama Baddy akan dipindahkan (translokasi) ke pusat karantina di Kalteng sebelum dilepaskan ke habitatnya.
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As one supermarket boss pledges to stop using the environmentally harmful ingredient, journalist Joe Shute asks should you too?
#PalmOil #IcelandSupermarket
https://www.independent.ie/…/why-palm-oil-could-be-the-next…

Last November the managing director of British supermarket chain Iceland made a visit to the Kalimantan rainforests in Borneo. Richard Walker, whose parents founded the frozen food firm
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Joining the dots between corrupt politicians and Palm Oil...
Across much of rural Indonesia, the most valuable commodity these politicians have to offer is land. The largest demand for that land, meanwhile, is for the development of giant plantations.

Two decades on from the fall of the Suharto dictatorship, Indonesia’s transition to democracy is regarded as a global success story. But lurking beneath the surface is an ugly truth.…
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Jono’s relocation from Jakarta to Kalimantan is a very big deal. Press conference held today in Jakarta. Stay tuned for further updates. ❤️

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