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BORNEO: Dredging Destroying Pygmy Elephant, Monkey Habitat: Activist

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Sand dredging in a Borneo wildlife sanctuary is threatening the habitats of endangered pygmy elephants and a rare species of monkey, Malaysian activists said Thursday.

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pam w (139)
Friday June 18, 2010, 7:30 pm
Tragic! Of course, it's not just the elephant...there are so many other endangered animals in Borneo and Sumatra.

I'm not a violent person....but I'd REALLY like to get my hands on these people and feed them to the leeches!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 18, 2010, 9:56 pm
Pam, you are unfair to the leeches!.
In the US and Europe building projects are halted because of some endangered species, why is this not possible in Malaysia?

sue M (184)
Friday June 18, 2010, 10:51 pm
The greed just goes on and on and on..... all we are going to have left on this plant is the energizer bunny.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday June 18, 2010, 10:53 pm
Yes Pam - leeches have a useful function to offer! Seriously why are they dredging? I couldn't get the site to open up.

Rhonda Maness (580)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 1:28 am
Thanks Cal

chris b (2474)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 3:15 am
Sadly all around the world ecosystems are being sacrificed for short term gains! None in politics seems to get the all important message "When it's gone it's gone" Lack of forethought seems to govern every political action from war to dirty energy with no regard for the consequences of foolhardy actions!

ilja c (48)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 7:52 am
and this elephant is so cute

Ritwick Saikia (9)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 9:02 am
The Borneo jungles are surely protected? How can anyone be dredging there? So many animals so many species in danger; all because of man.

pam w (139)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 9:08 am
There is only a TINY part of the forests left in Borneo! When you fly over it, you look down and think that, because it's so green, all MUST be well! Totally wrong! The majority of that "greenery" is palm oil plantation!

People in Borneo throw trash everywhere---I saw entire beaches so clogged with garbage that you could not walk to the water. "Water villages" are houses built on piers over rivers and lagoons....people use the water as a toilet.

I don't know how this can possibly be legal....but legality isn't much of an issue in any part of Indonesia.

O O (0)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 10:36 am
Hey, do the officals know that the tourists come because of the animals and if they are all dead because they are destroying their habitat no one will come thus no $$$$$$$$$$$$. This is a common sense .....destroy habitat, no animals, no tourists, no $$$$$$$$. Maybe they should rethink this do you think???? Stop the dredging!

pam w (139)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 10:50 am
Unfortunately, tourism has never been a big part of their economy.

You have to be a SERIOUS wildlife fan to go there---it's the worst climate I've ever seen (and I've seen MANY.) It's horribly humid, they have enormous LEECHES (no matter WHAT you do, they get into your socks and bra) and insects of all kinds. When it rains, it rains so hard it's painful on your skin.

I"m convinced that the orangutans have all that hair as a defense against the leeches and mosquitoes and the Dayak people (those famous headhunters) have probably been made crabby by those same critters!


Angelika R (143)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 11:29 am
Chris b.- I agree 100% with you. This really makes me mad as h.., always the same old story and corruption involved: Government (seem to) promise protection,- local (usually corrupt) officials ignore and issue permits for destruction.
As a member of OFI (Orangutan Foundation International ) I am particularly concerned about Borneo and these very issues.

pam w (139)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 11:41 am long as the Sultan of Brunei has a "pet" orangutan, it sends the terrible message that having a "pet" is a fun and "cool" thing. Every Michael Jackson fan should remember this...HE thought HE was cool because HE had one! We lose hundreds of them a year due to the pet trade. AND...every "pet" orangutan represents a dead mother--they are killed to get the babies.

Thanks, Angelika, for supporting OFI!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 11:46 am
@ pam-lol-probably right. As for the economy, also correct, -all that counts to them is PALMOIL along with pulp & paper production. They don't give a darn about the rainforest, only pretend they do. And our stupid European Commission with their irresponsible, irrational and unlogical Biofuel -mania and related law target is doing their part to ensure that palmoil production will even increase, double, thus increasing the CO2 emissions as well, instead of decreasing it all!

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 5:03 pm
Agreed Pam - but until corrupt Governments are give the big 'A" - this will continue. The Palm Oil is intended to be a 'quick fix' of sorts for their economy and therefore the orangutans habitat is expendable. Indonesians are criminals in my eyes.

pam w (139)
Saturday June 19, 2010, 11:46 pm
Many people in Borneo are very poor. If they can make enough to feed their children...they'll do whatever it takes. Many of you would probably do the same thing. It's not a simple "black/white" issue, unfortunately and it has no EASY solution. Human poverty is behind most extinctions, along with over-population, poaching, the pet trade...all of these factors caused by humans!

Peter B (54)
Sunday June 20, 2010, 1:02 pm
Noted and shared thanks Cal

Michela M (3964)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 4:55 pm
-TIME LEFT for ORANGUTANS: 2-3 years!!!!!!!
300 SOCCER FIELDS of Rain forests are CLEARED EVERY HOUR in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, very UNHEALTHY ingredient in the products WE BUY.
But WE don’t know!! it’s labelled as “Vegetable Oils”.
We want to know if they contain Palm Oil!!! We want the choice!!
SIGN & FORWARD as much as you CAN!!!!!
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