Day: April 1, 2019

Palm oil: dirty business and an apokalyptic disaster

It is the story of the loss of habitat, of all animal life and premature death. The swamp forests of the Leuser ecosystem are home to most of Sumatra’s orangutans, and Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, thrives in its rainforests.

Four million indigenous people depend on their water supplies and food for the forests to be intact. The biggest enemy: deforestation because of palm oil. Most of the palm oil plantations have been set up illegally because there is no permit in protected areas.


Opaque supplier networks, cleared rainforests and the associated lost habitats of endangered species: 85 percent of the world’s palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Palm oil is a profitable business worth $ 50 billion a year for Malaysia and Indonesia. By 2020, sales should even rise to USD 88 billion. In response to growing global demand, companies are looking for ways to increase production. Malaysia and Indonesia have tried to do this by increasing yields per hectare.


More than 60 million tons of it are consumed worldwide every year. Palm oil increasingly serves as a substitute for harmful trans fats and as a bio-alternative for various petroleum products. It has become a billion dollar business. But only very few people know that they even eat it. Many have never heard of it.

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Fortunately and unexpected, the EU Parliament is planning to ban palm oil in biodiesel, Malaysia and Indonesia announced punitive measures against countries that want to boycott palm oil. The draft EU law aims to ban all palm oil biofuel imports by 2021, a measure that compares Malaysia to “crop apartheid”, and Indonesia has promised to avenge itself.

The European Commission, the EU’s main executive body, still needs to draft a final bill. Each of the EU’s 27 national governments must ratify the ban before it is enforced uniformly.
But already France is shooting across and has meanwhile, according to Asia Times promised to oppose the EU ban and has praised the cooperation with Malaysia.
Above all, France and the UK offer to sell fighter jets to Malaysia, an armaments order worth more than 2 billion US dollars.

Indonesia buys armaments from Germany and was granted 555 million euros in development aid in 2015, despite massive human rights violations.

In addition, Italy and Spain belong to the largest producers of palm oil diesel in Europe and therefore there is a further economic interest against an ambitious reduction or even a ban of palmoil.


Shortly after the decision of the European Parliament in January 2018 to ban palm oil in biofuels from 2021, thousands of plantation farmers took to the streets of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Supported by the government, which spoke of “unfair practices” and a “trade war”.

Demonstrators display placards in protest of European Union plan to ban palm oil biofuels, in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia is the second largest exporter of palm oil after Indonesia, with both countries currently covering more than 80 percent of the world market. Reason enough for the Malaysian plantation minister Datuk Seri Mah to drum for the controversial oil.
The Indonesian authorities have already vowed to limit European imports as a retaliatory measure.

Minister of Primary Industries Mah has gone further and has threatened to respond with “force and tact” by withdrawing from upcoming free trade talks with the EU.

While Indonesian President Joko Widodo promised to protect the last nature reserves, horror images have been shown over the world and are showing, what palm oil does, and that even being cleared in the middle of the swamp forests of the Leuser ecosystem. Since then, the protests around the world are increasing.

The Indonesian constitution protects – at least on paper – the tropical rainforest and declares it a “National Strategy Area for its environmental function”.
Nevertheless, huge amounts of land are cleared and used for the palm oil industry. Indonesia produces about 45% of the world’s palm oil, which is used extensively in food and cosmetics, but also in increasing demand for fuel.



My Comment: . Palm oil is not cultivated by small farmers but by large international corporations. The peasants are robbed only of the land on which they can later work as auxiliary workers.

A recent report shows what happens to people when palm oil is grown:

They are imprisoned, tortured or murdered. In the Indonesian province of Papua everyone lives dangerously, who opposes the authorities. Serious human rights violations are on the agenda – and the world community takes little notice.

Between Sorong and Manokwari in the Indonesian western part of the island of New Guinea, the population is being expelled from their land to build huge palm oil plantations and exploit precious minerals like gold – with serious social and environmental consequences. Anyone who protests, take a high risk, said a human rights activist.

Indonesia has already lost 75 percent of its rainforest, according to the BOS Foundation. According to forecasts by the United Nations Environment Program, by 2022, 98% of the forests will have disappeared.

Two million hectares per year are cleared or burned. About 88% of the wood comes from illegal impact.

Many consumers are unaware that cheap vegetable oil is not only ecologically questionable through rainforest deforestation and plantation cultivation, but that there are more and more reproaches from a health point of view: from the possible rise in cholesterol to the suspicion of cancer.

But what causes palm oil – from land grabbing to murder, from the extermination of many species of animals and especially the orangutans – we have reported several times. Nevertheless, many Nutella smear on bread and buy ready meals and sweets, biscuits and cosmetics that contain palm oil.

Ian Singleton, director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) says, “When the big companies go to these areas, they’ll cut down the biggest trees and then shave off what’s left – with machines or by fire. They kill all life there, including ants. Most orangutans die as well. I often refer to them as survivors of an apocalyptic wave, but they are also refugees. “

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Our travel-loving EU parliamentarians should one fly over Malaysia Sumatra and spend hours watching palm oil monocultures and the burning forests, then even the most stupid be clear what the EU has done.

Best regards, Venus

England: London Parliament – Semi-naked climate protesters disrupt Brexit debate.


Extinction Rebellion activists stripped off in House of Commons public gallery.

Semi-naked climate change protesters interrupted a House of Commons Brexit debate and glued their hands to the glass of the public gallery, spending almost 20 minutes with their buttocks facing the chamber.

MPs attempted to continue the debate during the peaceful protest by 11 activists from Extinction Rebellion, though several made coded mentions to the protest in their speeches.

Another of the activists, Iggy Fox, said: “I’m tired of the time and resources our government wastes rearranging the deckchairs on the Brexitanic. It’s high time politicians stop beating around the bush and tackle the environmental crisis head on, like they should have done years ago. I won’t stop causing disruption until the government does its duty to protect the people from disaster.”


Extinction Rebellion activists stripped off in House of Commons public gallery.

USA: Take Action To Ban Driftnets NOW !


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We have the chance to end the last remaining and highly destructive drift gillnet fishery in the United States once and for all, but we need your help!

With your support last fall, we won a major victory for marine wildlife when California passed legislation that will phase out the use of large-scale mesh driftnets in state waters over the next four years and transition to less harmful fishing gear.

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Click Here to Urge Congress to Ban Death Nets Once and For All!

Congress just reintroduced legislation (S. 906 and H.R. 1979) that will phase out the use of harmful large mesh driftnets off the coast of California, the only place the nets continue to be used in the United States. Large-scale driftnets, also known as “walls of death” or “death nets,” trap myriad ocean animals in mile-long nets as bycatch, killing and injuring dolphins, whales, sea turtles and sea lions in shocking numbers.

We have the opportunity to completely ban the drift gillnet fishery in federal waters, but we must act now. Please urge Congress to take a stand against the senseless killing of marine life and support S. 906 and H.R. 1979 to phase out the last remaining and incredibly destructive large mesh driftnet fishery in the United States.

After taking this action, please consider calling the offices of your Senators and Representatives to make your voice heard even louder – or request a meeting! Find out who represents you in US Congress here, including address and phone numbers.

The time is now to ban death nets once and for all.

In solidarity,

 Stepph Sharpe
Development Associate
Turtle Island Restoration Network

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PS – Check out our driftnet campaign center for more resources. Drop us a line if you are interested in volunteering or collaborating with us to amplify this important campaign.

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All pictures and videos are not associated directly with this article – they are taken from our archive – WAV.


Regards Mark.

The suffering of the bears in the circus


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Research by Animals Asia reveals the destructive torments, exploitation and violence faced by endangered bears, elephants and orangutans in Vietnam’s shameful animal circuses. Sign the petition now.

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One has put him in a skirt and muzzled. His eyes are wide with fear. As a moon bear, he is one of the endangered species. Here he is forced to drive a scooter. The ever-present whip of his trainer is a permanent reminder of what happens when the poor bear does not cooperate.

This timid moon bear is just one of the many desperate animals that must live a life of pain, misery and fear in the shameful circuses in Vietnam.

It is indisputable: In the animal circuses of Vietnam, moon bears, macaques, elephants and even orangutans suffer from daily exploitation.

For a long time they are imprisoned or chained. Through intimidation, coercion and violence they are trained. As a result of the intense, inescapable stress many hurt themselves.

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In addition, Animals Asia has to keep in mind the papers of the endangered species (including moon bears, orangutans and elephants). Without papers, it would very likely be illegal hunted and trapped animals.

Although Animals Asia has shared these shocking discoveries with the Vietnamese government, nothing has been done so far.

Bolivia, Costa Rica, Greece, Croatia and Scotland are already on the ever-growing list of countries that have completely banned cruel wildlife circuses. For Vietnam, it is time to follow their example.

Animals Asia is ready in Vietnam to assist with each and every rescue of these circus animals. For the bears, there is room in the organization’s own award-winning rescue center and for the elephants in the partner Elephant Sanctuary.

Please appeal NOW to the Vietnamese Government for the wildlife circuses to be closed and the animals to be given a home in rescue centers.


The video by PETA shows how small bears, from the time of their children, are trained for the circus. Although the video is from China, but we here, the so-called civilized Europeans do not do it much better.

My Comment: Below is a list, with the countries in the EU that have total or partial wildlife prohibition in the circus. Germany is not in the list. Because Germany still allows wild animals in the circus as a laugh attraction for idiots!

Oh! Germany! You, the rich country with the best animal protection in Europe, you have demoted yourself in a circus of corrupt and disgusting cooperation partner of the circus mafia.

Belgium: General ban on wildlife.
Bosnia-Herzegovina: General ban on wildlife.
Bulgaria: General ban on wildlife.
Denmark: General prohibition of wild animals. The last 3 elephants are allowed to stay in the circus.
England: General ban on wildlife from 2020.
Estonia: General ban on wildlife.
Finland: Prohibition of monkeys, predators, elephants, hippos, rhinos, marsupials, seals, crocodiles, birds of prey, ostriches, wild forms of ruminants and equine animals.
Greece: ban on all animal species.
Ireland: General ban on wildlife.
Italy: In November 2017, the Italian Parliament decides to ban animals in circuses and touring exhibitions. The ban is to be implemented by regulation within the next 12 months.
Croatia: General prohibition of wild animals.
Latvia: General ban on wildlife.
Luxembourg: General ban on wildlife.
Macedonia: General ban on wildlife.
Malta: ban on all animal species.
Netherlands: General ban on wildlife.
Norway: General prohibition of wild animals.
Austria: General prohibition of wild animals.
Portugal: In October 2018, the Portuguese parliament passed a new law prohibiting all wild animals in the circus from 2024 onwards.
Poland: ban on wild animals born in the wild.
Romania: General prohibition of wild animals from June 2017 (with 18-month transitional period).
Scotland: General ban on wildlife.
Sweden: Prohibition of monkeys, predators, rhinos, giraffes, kangaroos, hippos, seals, birds of prey, ostriches, crocodiles, fallow deer. From April 2019, elephants and sea lions are also banned.
Serbia: General ban on wildlife.
Slovakia: General prohibition of wild animals.
Slovenia: General ban on wildlife.
Czech Republic: Prohibition of newborn monkeys, seals, whales (excluding dolphins), rhinos, hippos, giraffes.
Hungary: ban on elephants, rhinos and primates. Prohibition of new wild catch and ban on species listed in Appendix 1 of CITES.
Wales: In July 2018, the Welsh Government announced that it would introduce a wildlife banning law over the next 12 months.
Cyprus: ban on all animal species.

Worldwide Prohibition

Bolivia: ban on all animal species.
Costa Rica: General ban on wildlife.
Ecuador: Prohibition of performances that mean suffering, injury or humiliation to wildlife. Ban on domestic wildlife in circuses. Entry ban for wildlife circuses. Prohibition of performances that mean suffering and torture in animals during training. Breeding ban for exotic wild animals.
El Salvador: General ban on wildlife.
Guatemala: ban on all animal species.
Honduras: ban on all animal species.
India: General ban on wildlife.
Iran: General ban on wildlife.
Israel: General ban on wildlife.
Colombia: General ban on wildlife.
Lebanon: General ban on certain species.
Mexico: General ban on wildlife.
Panama: Entry ban for wildlife circuses.
Paraguay: General ban on wildlife.
Peru: General ban on wildlife.
Singapore: General ban on wildlife.
Taiwan: Ban on importing and exporting protected species for circuses.



With One New Law, China Could Be on the Verge of Ending Dog Meat Festivals.

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WAV Comment – We know that Yulin described here happens in South Korea; but China also has dog eating.  Show your support for new legislation for dogs by signing the petition which is given below – Thanks WAV.


With One New Law, China Could Be on the Verge of Ending Dog Meat Festivals

It’s not every day that animal rights advocates are actually excited about news coming out of China. The country has had a less than stellar track record when it comes to the treatment of nonhuman living creatures.

From live baby turtles being made into keychains to animals being skinned alive before being put on the market, animal rights in the world’s most populous country still have a very long way to go. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to the treatment of dogs.

For animal rights advocates, one of the most upsetting events each year is the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The 10-day festival has been responsible for the slaughter of thousands of dogs per year. Dog meat consumers believe that the meat tastes better when dogs have more adrenaline in their blood — so dog butchers will often torture dogs to death in order to increase their adrenaline flow. Dogs are beaten, burned alive with blowtorches, or tossed into boiling pots of water.

Thanks to public outcry, both within China and around the world, the festival’s popularity has decreased and restrictions have been set, leading to fewer dogs being killed. But that hasn’t been enough to end the festival for good.

And that’s why activists are so hopeful today since news broke that two Chinese governing bodies, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC), plan to introduce new legislation that will provide special protections to canines by classifying them as companion animals.

The new law, if passed, would exclude dogs from being used for human consumption and includes additional protections from other forms of animal abuse and cruelty.

While dogs are not the only animals that suffer cruelty in China, this is exciting news and we all need to get behind it to show the country the world hopes for a China without animal cruelty.

Please join Care2 and sign this petition in support of the new measure to classify dogs as companion animals in China.
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Petition link:     currently going for 120,000 signatures – add yours !



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