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Petitioning Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President & Foreign Affairs Marty Natalegawa Indonesia Foreign Affairs & Caroline Spelman MP (UK)

SAVE THE ORANGUTANS

The Orangutans are the two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes that are native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Highly intelligent creatures they share almost the same characteristics as we do the human species.

Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, Orangutans are currently found only in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Classified in the genus Pongo, there are only two surviving species.

Both Orangutan species are considered to be Endangered with the Sumatran Orangutan being Critically Endangered. Threats to Orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.

The Orangutan has a new threat though, shoppers thirst for palm oil is now threatening to wipe the whole species of the face of the earth.

The demand for a cheap ingredient found in thousands of products, from shampoo to biscuits, is contributing to the extinction of the Orangutan.

One in 10 mass-produced foods on the worlds supermarket shelves is estimated to contain palm oil, a bulking agent and preservative, but supermarkets and food manufacturers have been accused of doing too little to ensure their supplies are not threatening forests that are vital to the survival of Asia's only great ape.

An estimated 5,000 Orangutans are killed each year in Malaysia and Indonesia by the burning of vast tracts of virgin forest to supply the world's growing demand for palm oil. Building roads to the plantations has made the situation worse, by opening up the jungle for poachers, who kill Orangutan mothers and sell their babies as pets to Asian families.

Only 3 days ago a mother and her new born child was murdered by an angry mob of palm oil workers for the crime of foraging for food that they are finding hard to obtain as of the destruction of their forest / habitat.

Conservationists say Britain, the second biggest importer of palm oil in the EU, could do more. They want the Government to make companies responsible for the environmental impact of their activities in the Company Law Reform Bill. Five major food retailers - Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, the Co-op and Asda - have joined a not-for-profit organisation aiming to clean up the palm oil industry. But Britain's biggest retailer Tesco and the major store chains Morrisons and Iceland, have refused to join the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

We now ask you to not only sign the petition, but to boycott all Britains supermarkets that have refused to join the Roundtable to now make safe the Orangutan. WE CALL NOW FOR THE FOLLOWING TO BE ACTED ON

1) Caroline Spelman (United Kingdom) D.E.F.R.A we call on you to now push all hypermarkets in the United Kingdom, along with all produce, fuel and energy companies to now join RSPO (Round table for Sustainable Palm Oils)

2) Dr Marty Natalegawa (Indonesia) Foreign Affairs Minister, we call on you to now halt the destruction of GREEN forest and peatland. To also engage with conservation teams that are working in saving our close relatives the Orangutan.

2a) We demand with immediate effect that you work torwards pushing all palm oil farmers to use sustainable agricultural land that has been worked before "INSTEAD" of logging more trees from un-worked land that in turn is damaging the environment and killing the Orangutan and other natural wildlife 

3) Dr Marty Natalegawa we call on you to now push for more mandatory convictions of those that are taking baby Orangutans from their mothers for the use of entertainment, sexual abuse, and/or taking the baby Orangutans for pets.

4) We call for all hypermarkets that have joined the round table (RSPO) to no longer just join for there (OWN BRANDED PRODUCTS) but to encourage there suppliers that sell NON SUSTAINABLE palm oil products to join the (RSPO) too.

5) We call NOW on ALL GOVERNMENTS with immediate effect that the following countries listed below to now push for all companies in their countries to now join the (RSPO) with immediate effect. (PLEASE VIEW LIST BELOW).

"each number against the country represents 1 soul trader that has joined the (RSPO)".

Australia (24) | Austria (11) | Bangladesh (1) | Belgium (23) | Brazil (6) | Cambodia (1) | Cameroon (2) | Canada (2) | China (4) | Colombia (8) | Costa Rica (2) | Denmark (5) | Ecuador (5) | Egypt (1) | Finland (5) | France (65) | Germany (81) | Ghana (3) | Greece (1) | Guatemala (4) | Honduras (1) | Hong Kong (2) | India (5) | Indonesia (93) | Ireland (1) | Italy (11) | Ivory Coast (2) | Japan (...14) | Liberia (1) | Luxembourg (2) | Malaysia (101) | Mexico (1) | Netherlands (62) | New Zealand (4) | Norway (1) | Pakistan (1) | Papua New Guinea (4) | Philippines (2) | Poland (1) | Russia (4) | Singapore (26) | South Africa (4) | South Korea (2) | Spain (9) | Sweden (14) | Switzerland (26) | Taiwan, Province Of China (2) | Thailand (19) | Turkey (1) | United Arab Emirates (1) | United Kingdom (105) | United States (41)

NOTICE OF ACTION on POINT (5) Should the governments not push for the companies in there countries that are not on the above list to join the (RSPO) then we see no other option to then boycott all hypermarket product suppliers (ALONG WITH AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS) of those that have not joined the (RSPO) until we see the correct course of action taken.to protect the rain forests and peatland.

NOTICE OF ACTION ~ WE CALL ON THE NAMED BELOW THAT HAVE HAD THERE (RSPO) CERTIFICATION (TERMINATED) TO NOW BE BOYCOTTED (OR) NOW WORK TORWARDS JOINING THE (RSPO) AS OF YOUR RULE BREAKING THAT HAS DAMGED THE ENVIRONMENT.

  BioX Netherlands EDF Energy United Kingdom Euroenergie AG Germany Fritz Moedinger Italy Gipp Energy Netherlands Kruthoffer & Doll (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd Malaysia Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Nigeria Oilpalmworld Sdn Bhd Malaysia PalmPool Germany PME Biofuels Limited Australia Pon Power BV Netherlands PT Flora Sawita Chemindo Indonesia Rainbow Energy Corporation Japan Renewable Fuel Supply Ltd United Kingdom Renewable Power and Light PLC Canada SPE Belgium Spychiger Oil Trading Ltd Switzerland Survey Spain Spain

Commitments from various governments to increase the amount of biofuels being sold are pushing this rise in demand, because they're seen as an attractive quick fix to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, 10 per cent of fuel sold in the EU will be biofuel and China expects 15 per cent of its fuel to be grown in fields, while India wants 20 per cent of its diesel to be biodiesel by 2012. The irony is that these attempts to reduce the impact of climate change could actually make things worse - clearing forests and draining and burning peatlands to grow palm oil will release more carbon emissions than burning fossil fuels.

6) WE CALL FOR ALL BIO FUEL COMPANIES to now work on using more (LOGGED USED LAND) therefore cutting out the need to destroy more land, and releasing more carbon emissions in to our sensitive environment.

6a) WE DEMAND that BIO FUEL COMPANIES (ENGAGE WITH CONSERVATION TEAMS AND THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT TO CREATE MORE "GREENLAND" THEREFORE GENERATING MORE FRESH FOREST AND PEATLAND THAT WOULD IN TURN HEAL AND RE-GROW OUR NATURAL FORESTS THAT HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

7) We demand that ALL PALM OIL COMPANIES, THAT PRODUCE "SUSTAINABLE AND NON-SUSTAINABLE OIL TO NOW WORK ON FIXING THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY DEFORESTATION AND PEATLAND DESTRUCTION BY 2017 BY GENERATING MORE GREENLAND GROWTH

8) We demand that ASIA, AFRICA AND BRAZIL cut down with IMMEDIATE EFFECT the usage of NON SUSTAINABLE palm oil thats used mainly in cooking.

NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION FROM POINT 8 Should this not be taken in to consideration then a FULL BOYCOTT OF ALL - AFRICAN, ASIAN & BRAZILAIN Produce, Agriculture, Tourism and Trade will commence if we do not SEE ACTION ON THIS BY 2015.

PLEASE VIEW LINKS

1) RSPO http://www.rspo.org/

2) SAVE OUR ORANGUTANS AND RAINFORESTS https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/128820783915008/  

3) CITES http://www.cites.org/common/prog/ape/ID_response.pdf

4) CITES http://www.cites.org/common/com/SC/57/E57-30A2.pdf 

5) Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/forests/palm-oil

  How can you help to save the Orangutans? There are many ways in which you can help and they are all at your disposal. You do not have to visit Indonesia save our close relative although it would help we ask you to do the following.

1) Fund Raise - this in turn produces more money for those that are working closely with the charities helping to secure a future for the Orangutan.

2) Write or email to those that are not working to save the rain forests from destruction that is killing our wilflife. We say always write a "hand written" letter as this goes further and it has to be answered.

3) Only purchase recycled goods that contain sustainable palm oil. By doing this your contributing to less forest and peatland destruction along with cutting out damage to our earths on-zone layer. Ask all your friends and family to use only rechargeable batteries.

4) Ask your local schools to start a walking bus.

5) Organise an event or movie to highlight the Orangutans plight.   There are hundreds of different ways you can help. Just by doing these simple tasks then your contributing to helping the Orangutan greatly.  

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  • Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President & Foreign Affairs
    Marty Natalegawa Indonesia Foreign Affairs & Caroline Spelman MP (UK)


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