Sunday, September 5, 2010

Good News For Southeast Asian Primates

In good news for orangutans and me, Burger King has stopped buying palm oil from one of the companies that's been cutting down the Indonesian rainforest to start palm oil plantations. This directly affects the lives of Singapore residents because the smoke from burning Sumatran rainforest sometimes blows into town and messes up the air quality. (My respiratory system is in pretty good shape so it's not a big deal for me, but once I was hung over and it was miserable.) A lot of other major food producers have either stopped buying palm oil from Sinar Mas, the Indonesian firm responsible for the destruction, or are being heavily pressured to do so. One hopes this will assist orangutan conservation. The islands of Borneo and Sumatra are the only two places with remaining wild orangutan populations.

I have attached a gratuitous cute animal video about a dog and an orangutan that are friends.
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