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Orangutans – victims of “sustainable” palm oil an article by Rainforest Rescue Take Action

Orangutans – victims of “sustainable” palm oil  an article by Rainforest Rescue Take Action

smoldering rainforests, orphaned proboscis monkeys, emaciated orangutans – the Indonesian palm oil company Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA) is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

We have been raising awareness of BGA’s activities and collecting signatures for our partners on Borneo since 2013. Recently, we received a letter from BGA, telling us to take down our petition to prevent “misunderstandings” – the company claims that the issues of rainforest destruction we addressed had been resolved, but our contacts on Borneo tell a different story.

Please sign our petition and lend your voice to our partners in their struggle against BGA and the destruction caused by the palm oil industry.The wholesale destruction of rainforests on Borneo for the palm oil plantations of Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA) is threatening the survival of orangutans. BGA is a member of the RSPO – the organization issuing the label for supposedly « sustainable » palm oil. Please call for a stop to deforestation and an end to palm oil imports NOW!

Flattened rainforests, orphaned proboscis monkeys, emaciated orangutans – the Indonesian palm oil company BGA is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. In West Kalimantan province, the company is clearing irreplaceable primary forest – the habitat of protected orangutans and proboscis monkeys – in violation of the standards of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

In April 2013, the NGOs Friends of Borneo and International Animal Rescue Indonesia filed an official complaint with the RSPO. We launched a petition at the time in support of their complaint.

In mid-November 2015, we received a letter from BGA requesting that we take down the petition. The problems of rainforest destruction that we criticized had allegedly been resolved and the company was now in compliance with RSPO standards. BGA assured us that it would « try » to do things right in future. The reports from our partners in Borneo paint a rather different picture.

Despite the promise to “do things right”, BGA continues to violate RSPO rules: on September 26, 2015, the NGO Link-AR Borneo and the community of Keklipor lodged a further complaint against unlawful activities by BGA on their land in West Kalimantan.

These and other cases are ample evidence that the RSPO seal is mere greenwashing. It does not prevent deforestation, loss of biodiversity, or even brutal land grabs against indigenous communities.

Please call for a stop to the destruction of Borneo’s rainforests and the unbridled expansion of oil palm plantations.

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Despite its ruthless practices, palm oil producer BGA has been a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2007. BGA’s customers include IOI, Wilmar and Sinar Mas, companies that sell the palm oil to European food and consumer goods manufacturers and biodiesel producers.

HERE THE LINK: https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/petitions/914/orangutans-victims-of-sustainable-palm-oil?mtu=125970056&t=505

 

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