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Palm Oil's Forgotten Victims: Sumatran Elephants Suffer in Rush for 'Liquid Ivory'

Environment  (tags: animals, environment, destruction, habitat, habitatdestruction, wildlife, world, protection )

- 1785 days ago -
Western consumers are inadvertently driving the Sumatran elephant to extinction by eating, washing and wearing - in cosmetics - the derivatives of a fruit that is destroying the animal's last remaining forest habitat.

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Jill Vickerman (416)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:37 am
Thanks Cal, poor Elephants - we just cant live and let live, we have to destroy everything in our path.

Sue H (7)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:42 am
Heartbreaking. The Greedocracy at work.

Mike H (252)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 10:46 am
Humans are the devils of this world

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 12:34 pm
That pic is watering my eyes...i thought humans were the genius species but we're just dumb.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 5:52 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Recently, I've been signing many petitions to protect the elephants.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:18 pm
So, so sad. Noted and shared.

Anette S (22)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 7:30 pm

Vivian B (169)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 7:54 pm
Unbelievable, again! Is there no halt to the greed that man will do to the Earth?

Shawna S (45)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:53 pm
Thanks Cal.
This was a very well written, sad article about the devastation brought upon elephants (and other animals) affected by the palm industry.
I'm very disturbed by the numerous articles I read regarding animal abuses. I'm beginning to understand the word 'hate' when it comes to humans destroying the wildlife and the earth itself. It's saddening and maddening.

Claudia Parker (8)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 9:16 pm
Thank you for the article.

Patricia H. (440)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 11:53 pm
sadly noted

Edo R (71)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:59 am
Thanks for sharing!

Christeen Anderson (368)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:31 am
This is quite sad. When will we learn?

Past Member (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:43 am
noted so sad

Sam E M (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:52 am
Another tragic tale where life weighs nothing against a pocketful of dollars.
These people are ruining their own tomorrows and yet they don't want to hear the warnings and they just carry on regardless, not caring that they're killing in the process.

Elsa Boet (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:57 am
signed an noted

Summer M (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:39 am
SENT THIS ONE ON - to all who still wear cosmetics Cal - thank you...........

Lisa W (143)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:22 am
Very, very sad! I look at ingredients and do not buy products with palm, but know this does not even make a dent. Ty Cal!

Emily davenport (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:34 am
This is unbelievable, companies should stop abusing this and set out standard procedures and protocol that will protect the animals and supply the public. It about time these companies stop hiding behind their logo and make a stand and stop this abuse. we all have to live on this world, not just humans. I can see a world of famine, drought in 50 years time as people are too stupid not to do anything

June M (139)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:40 am
thanks for posting Cal

Maria S (95)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:03 am
Sadly noted. Thanks for posting, Cal!

Past Member (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:10 am
I have come to believe that most people suck!

Carol H (229)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:21 am
sadly noted, thanks Cal

Past Member (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:32 am
Beauty doesn't include sufferings

Many Feathers (139)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:34 am
sad story ; (

Adena Z (19)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:54 am
Noted. Too much suffering for our beautiful creatures

Gloria picchetti (304)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:56 am
Better product labels would help a lot.

Winn A (179)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:04 am
This is so sad. I hope somehow, some way the elephants will be able to not just survive but live a healthy, happy life.

Past Member (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:07 am

Veronique L (209)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:39 am
Poor elephants...poor wildlife

TOM TREE (246)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:08 am
Signed, Noted & Shared

jeanne schreurs (205)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:13 am
It's so sad the whole palmoil-industry.
Everywhere I see wildlife-abuse money is involved.

paul m (93)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:15 am


Alice Mullen (22)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:43 am
So sad.

. (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:02 am
Le développement d'une région ne devrait jamais se faire sans que les animaux qui habitent cette région aient été pris en compte et relocalisés. C'est seulement de cette façon que nous réussirons à préserver la vie de ces animaux. Il faut d'abord leur refaire un habitat. Cela est indéniable.

. (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:12 am
That's terrible! We should stop using palm oil and let the elephants live.

. (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:15 am
Noted & posted

Yvette S (35)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:28 am
Heartbreaking Sadly noted

Yvette S (35)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:29 am
Thanks for posting Cal

Past Member (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:15 am
My heart breaks with these stories. Man"kind" takes what he wants than forgets about the victims he has left along the way. There must be something we can do to stop these palm oil greedos.

Rosie McMillan (10)
Monday July 1, 2013, 12:03 pm
Very sad - the use of palm oil needs to be stopped - the cost is too great!

David C (131)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:21 pm

norma laborie (33)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:25 pm
Palm oil is the worst thing in this moment for people and animals,money before!!

divergent revolution (309)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:28 pm
noted,elephants have only one predator to worry about
you guessed it; subhumans!

S S (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:28 pm
Thank you.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:40 pm
Thanks Cal.

desanka s (416)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:43 pm
The human population reached seven billion! Elephants, orangutans, tigers, rhinos and many other animals are near extinction. Why we don’t care?
There are still ways to stop conflict between man and wildlife. For example, EU has adopted a new law that will require the labelling of specific vegetable oils on food products, so palm oil will no longer be a hidden ingredient.

Thank you Cal!

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:27 pm
notated with a tear in my eye.

Lisa Zilli (17)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:39 pm

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:53 pm
noted very sad!!!!! also signed!!!! but I have too much sadness !!!! the elephants are dying !!!! why can not do enough????? we need to get all together and think about something big!!!!the elephants are part of this universe, but the Evil of the humans are putting them to the end!!!! this is very terrible!!!! this should not happen!!!!!

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:57 pm

Lynne Buckley (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:24 pm
Very sad.

reft h (66)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:25 pm
One of the dirty little secrets of the food and cosmetics industry. Unfortunately for anyone who is trying to avoid it, Palm oil is often disguised as many different ingredient names; for example, names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil. This link is for a list of the names used for palm oil, and also companies and their products that use it.

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:30 pm
I read the entire article. How do we stop this atrocity? Not only are these beautiful creatures losing their homes but to kill a 400 year old tree is equally heartbreaking.
We need a major petition to send to the Governor of Sumatra to let him know that we're not only against this massive killing of both the animals and forest but what it is doing to their country. Have they never heard of Easter Island?

Birgit W (160)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:31 pm
I have never heard before of 'Liquid Ivory." Anyway that said, we have to do everything to protect all wild life, including the elephants.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:01 pm

S J (130)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:17 pm
Sadly noted, thanks Cal.

Michela M (3964)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:40 pm
Sadly noted!!!!!!

Muriel Servaege (53)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:41 pm
Horrible again. Man is the worst enemy for his planet and its animals. It makes me feel like crying in the end.

Debra Tate (17)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:23 pm
Noted! So SAD!! Is there a petition for this somewhere?

James Doeppers (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:42 pm

Paulett Simunich (0)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:09 pm
Poor elephants,,,,,,they cannot catch a break.. Everytime something was taken from them,,,,,they moved on ,,,only to find they must move again.....I see this as a failure on the part of the people in is the case everywhere in the world when there is no conscience and no respect for the animals....perhaps they have none for themselves......

Dianne D (490)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:45 pm
Heartbreaking. These countries will regret this but it is our responsibility to not buy anything that has palm oil in it. Actions speak louder than words.

Nadia Bonner (16)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:09 pm
I did not realize this I will not buy palm oil anymore but how can we stop the cosmetics industry from changing their methods

Twyla Sparks (208)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:49 pm
so sry there are so many crazy people out there. Leave the Elephants alone!!!

Ravenna C (20)
Monday July 1, 2013, 8:25 pm
People are unaware of this I think. I wish there was a way to really get the word out. People know about the ivory trade and it's impact on elephants but they don't equate palm oil with the destruction of elephants in the same way. The said thing is that these villagers will still live in poverty and the elephants will suffer and die. The only ones not suffering are the 1% who will make even more $money$ off of the misery of both.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Bonnie L (22)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:59 pm
I agree with Raveena C. Very well said Raveena. It would be tragic to cause the extinction of the beautiful Sumatran elephant, for any reason. Say NO to palm oil!!

Esther Z (94)
Monday July 1, 2013, 10:11 pm
Sadly noted.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:08 pm
We aren't going to H---

We are already in H---.

The only way out is to help one another, the animals, the oceans, the mountains,

Let US have mercy!

James Merit (144)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:37 pm

Bonnie L (22)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:58 pm
I read the article from Ecologist and learned that the innocent baby elephant in the photo died. My heart is broken.
I started a petition in honor of Raja and all of the Sumatran elephants. Please sign and share my petition.

Bonnie L (22)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 12:02 am
I tried to upload a photo of Raja, but it said "error occured". I will keep trying. If anyone can help with uploading photos, I would greatly appreciate it.

Veselin Varbanov (23)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:23 am
Noted and shared>

Sherry Coleman (71)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:29 am
Stop buying cosmetics that contain palm oil!

paul m (93)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 2:53 am


Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:58 am
Hate to bring more bad news, but Africa will probably be to nest place for these giant palm oil plantations (actually, palm oil was originally from there, wasn't it).

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:59 am
Always the animals are the one to suffer for human GREED!

Suzanne B (246)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:59 am
thank you for sharing this!

Marija M (29)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:36 am
Thank you for sharing

Graca T (46)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:31 am
Eye Opener & heartbreaking too.. thank you for this article

Lona G (80)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 8:46 am
Noted. Elephants, Orang-utans... you name them, we'll destroy them, all in the name of progress. Palm oil needs to be eradicated from our food and fuel.

linda newman (3877)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 5:47 pm

Judith Hand (55)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 6:51 pm
Noted and further distressed about what we'll do for palm oil!

Timothy S (3)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 7:23 pm
sadly noted. thanks for sharing

. (0)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 10:06 pm
tweeted. if it contains palm oil dont buy it. and that mean NO OREOs until they stop

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 11:47 pm
Noted. Good resoure -- The Ecologist.

Ruth R (246)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 11:48 pm
Noted. Good resource -- the Ecologist.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 12:01 am
Noted this; signed Bonnie's petition; doing my very best to avoid products that contain palm oil.

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday July 3, 2013, 1:17 am
Noted, thanks.

Solitary Eagle (324)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:41 pm
Noted. Thank you Cal.

Michael Holland (10)
Friday July 5, 2013, 7:04 pm

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Friday July 5, 2013, 7:55 pm
Shared on my FB wall !!! :(

Ann W (37)
Friday July 5, 2013, 9:11 pm

The solution would seem to be with us, the consumers. Do NOT buy any product which contains palm oil or palm oil products. There are alternatives. We need to alleviate the demand for it NOW while we still have some elephants left.


Marie Russell-Barker (13)
Friday July 5, 2013, 11:13 pm
There is a certain man who occupy this earth, who have destroyed every place he have visited. These men can careless men when it comes to getting what they want. They are not above killing or stealing that in which they want. They kill man as well as animals and the Seth only those of us who stops and smell the flowers and take a look at how everything that was made unearth underearth in the waters under the waters all was made to intermingle with men even the plants are related to mankind. Hump it sounds funny coming man kind man is the most destructive of all God 's creation and it always motivated by money and power which neither can give them what they are looking for and that thing can not be given or bought.

. (0)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:51 am
Tout le mode doit être concerné par l'avenir de ces animaux. Agissons avant qu'il ne soit trop tard.

Yvette Fouche (0)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 5:32 am
One aspect of the fight is to get on label indication of palm oil instead of vegetable oil, or altogether for every one to refuse to buy any product containing vegetable oil.

Pamela W (75)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 5:43 am
Noted !! We need the trees, we need the animals - and future generations need them too - Who the HELL wants palm oil anyway ???????????

Bea friends Kindly (22)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:39 pm
Noted with the greatest of sadness, it,s a pity there's no petition... (unless I missed it, will look again.) I wonder why we are called human when so many inhumane things happen due to human interference :(


Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 2:11 pm
It's a shame. But thank you for the article. We need to know these...

Sara P (57)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 11:00 am
What a sad and tragic news.....

federico b (47)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:29 pm
Notato e condiviso. Grazie Cal.

Ana Lopes (92)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:35 pm
unsustainable palm oil must simply be banned.

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 9:26 am
Beyond words!!! There seems to be no end to this horror! Thanks Cal
And thanks Bonnie for posting the petition! Signed, of course

Michela M (3964)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 3:19 pm

Thanks!!! Posted in:  ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in  ELEPHANTS: 28 Petitions New!!
Please Join & Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java & Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, Clouded Leopards, Sun Bears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!!
AGAINST: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Global Warming, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Pet Trade, GMO Food, Vivisection, Bee-killing Pesticides… Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, & Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead  Thanks!! Michela

Betty Kelly (4)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 10:36 pm
If poachers don'd cause the extinction of Elephants in the wild, then destruction of their habitat & food supply should do it. I am heartsick over the treatment of animals/vs greed. I do not need Ivory or Palm Oil, or entertainment. I do need wildlife.

Manuela Gewert (88)
Tuesday October 22, 2013, 6:35 am
Es ist alles so traurig, der Mensch ist eine Bestie, die alles nieder macht was sich Ihr in den Weg stellt :'(

Jane Williams (165)
Monday October 28, 2013, 8:20 pm
Can't we just boycott products with palm oil?

ERIKA S (87)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 8:35 am
thanks for sad story

Laetitia schartner (171)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:09 pm
noted with sadness

Victoria Oakey (124)
Friday November 15, 2013, 12:20 am
Noted. Thank you.
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