Require "Palm Oil" to be listed on ingredients list
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Require "Palm Oil" to be listed on ingredients list

    1. Petition by

      Alison Reinhart

      Calgary, Canada

The production of palm oil in South East Asia is responsible for the death and the displacement of entire populations of endangered orangutans and countless other species. Although almost any industry can be organized in a sustainable fashion, the companies running palm oil plantations in South East Asia have not yet considered this as an option. The industry is destroying critical habitat, and fragmenting what forests are still left. It can also lead to the capture of the orangutan and other endangered animals, as people are able to easily invade their environment via roads for transporting products. This can be very profitable to a poacher - and illegal. Many of the infant apes witness their mothers being killed and are frequently sold in the exotic pet market. Of the animals that are rescued, many are sent to sanctuaries, never to return to the wild.
Palm Oil is used in countless products, but is by law able to be listed as "Vegetable Oil". This disguises the use of palm oil in products. As an animal lover, I want to be properly informed on the products I purchase, so that I can be a responsible consumer. I don't purchase goods from companies that test their products on animals, and I don't want to purchase products that contain palm oil farmed in unsustainable ways. This is adding demand to the market, encouraging large companies to invest and continue the destruction of critical habitats. We have already seen and are currently witnessing an irreversible impact on the orangutan, its environment and many other species dependent on these disappearing forests.
Please help my cause by signing this petition to make it a law in Canada that if a product contains palm oil, the ingredient list on that product must read "Palm Oil", not "Vegetable Oil". This will allow us as consumers to purchase in a transparent market, and make informed decisions about whether or not to support this industry. If we want future generations to be able to enjoy and appreciate orangutans, either in the wild or even just in a documentary on Disney Channel, join me in signing this petition.

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Require "Palm Oil" to be listed on ingredients list

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Deforestation Education

      Alison Reinhart
      Petition Organizer

      A great website explaining palm oil and the controversies surrounding its sale in common products found in your pantry.

      Deforestation Education

      Did You Know... That the Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, making it the oldest rainforest in the world? There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees (267 species are dipterocarps), 221 species of terrestrial mammals and 420 species of resident birds in Borneo.

    3. Conflicting?

      Alison Reinhart
      Petition Organizer

      It is interesting how one day the Aceh province of Indonesia is said to be in the midst of approving plans to deforest massive amounts of virgin land, however, today Indonesia is looking to limit the size of new oil palm plantations. Always make sure you are reading news with an open and objective mind. Even though today's news clip has "positive tones" because they are limiting the size of new plantations, they never mention they are limiting the number of new plantations. This type of practice can be just as unsustainable as big companies coming in to deforest. Be aware!

      Business - Indonesia looks to limit size of new oil palm plantations @ Wed Apr 24 2013

      Indonesia looks to limit size of new oil palm plantations JAKARTA, April 24 - Indonesia is working on a regulation to restrict to 100,000 hectares the plantation area of new private oil palm firms, a government official said, as the world's top producer of the edible oil seeks to open up the industry to smaller players.

    4. More plans from the Indonesian government to deforest vital rainforests

      Alison Reinhart
      Petition Organizer

      Indonesia aims to approve deforestation plan

      JAKARTA: The Indonesian government has said it aims to approve within a month a plan that would free up vast swathes of protected virgin rainforest on Sumatra island for commercial exploitation. Rights groups reacted with outrage at the news that the plan, which also needs to be passed by the Aceh provincial parliament, was making progress, saying it would only benefit huge foreign companies and not the area's people.

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. True Story

      Alison Reinhart
      Petition Organizer

      This is a story published today about the plight of orangutans in what is left of the forests in the Aceh province. Luckily the Mama orangutan wasn't killed, which is normally what happens when babies are taken to be sold as pets.

      SOCP Confiscates Illegal Pet Orangutan Captured On Palm Oil Estate | Orangutan Conservancy

      A team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP: comprising PanEco Foundation (Switzerland), Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Aceh, and Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) Medan successfully confiscated an infant orangutan on 19th February 2013 at Afdeling II of PT. Socfindo plantation, Sidojadi Village, Darul Makmur sub-district of Nagan Raya district in Aceh province, Indonesia.

    7. Orangutan News

      Alison Reinhart
      Petition Organizer

      The RSPO (rounbdtable for sustainable palm oil) released a report on the progress of 92 companies involved in the palm oil plantations in SE Asia. None of the criteria were filled by 100% of the companies that were included in this report, and of the 92 companies, most followed about 50% of the recommendations. This is steps in the right direction, although not quick enough, because in other news, 80% of some of the most vital forest habitats in the Aceh province have disappeared.

      WWF Assessment of RSPO Member Palm Oil Producers 2013

      What we evaluated Based on data compiled by the RSPO in 2012 for its Annual Communication of Progress (ACOP), WWF evaluated RSPO member producers on various criteria, including whether the member has reported its progress, whether it has set a time-bound plan (TBP) toward certification, whether it has disclosed how much palm oil it is producing as well as how much of that palm oil is certified as sustainable.

    8. Reached 100 signatures
    9. Orangutan Release

      Alison Reinhart
      Petition Organizer

      Apes are sometimes rehabilitated and released back into their natural habitat. One can only hope that these releases are still viable, and that there are still forests left over years to come.

      Expressing Love with Freedom: Day-3 | Nyaru Menteng 5th Orangutan Release

      Yesterday, on Valentine's Day, 10 orangutans have returned to their true home in the forest of Bukit Batikap. Today, after spending two nights in the transit enclosures at PT Indo Muro Kencana (IMK), the remaining 10 orangutans namely Lesta & Lewis, Dagoy & Debby, Mogok, Isis, Mexa, James, Alibaba and Danur would finally join their friends.

    10. This is what happened in 2011 in Europe. I believe we can do the same thing

      Alison Reinhart
      Petition Organizer
      Clear Labels, Not Forests - Sumatran Orangutan Society

      Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered. Habitat loss and poaching are pushing them towards imminent extinction.

    11. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Patricia Bishop LANGLEY, CANADA
      • 2 months ago

      I do not want to see helpless animals die because first world countries need this oil. I would rather use GMO canola oil and harm myself vs harming the orang-utan population!!

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    • courtney galer PORT MOODY, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      The preservation of rainforest is necessary and keeping them protected along with its inhabitants.

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    • Nestor Berazategui MAIPú, ARGENTINA
      • 3 months ago

      por la vida se los ruego !!

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    • Chantal Sara LAVAL, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      This is important because animals were here before and deserve to live safely and peacefully without our greed threatening their environment.

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    • Mary C TORONTO, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      All beings love and cherish life, just like us. Please watch shows "Animal World" on www.suprememastertv.com to understand the noble and loving nature of animals.

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