The welfare of orangutans is a major concern for many animal groups and activists due to deforestation and the exotic pet-trade. In the Paradise Forests of Indonesia, illegal destruction — caused by the commercial palm oil industry — is threatening the habitat of the orangutan to the point of possible extinction.
Take Action: Protect the orangutans in Indonesian Forests!
Palm oil production is said to be the single greatest threat to orangutans, as well as many other species and forests. Often times it leaves forests destroyed and animals killed or deprived of their habitat.
Companies are capable of minimizing deforestation; it is simply a matter of choosing to do so. After being pressured by Greenpeace and several thousand activists, Nestle made an announcement this past May, stating they would no longer use products linked to forest destruction.
There are simple steps everyone can take to help stop the devastation of illegal forest destruction. You can boycott products made with palm oil and advise friends, family and local supermarkets to do the same.