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ACTION: Malaysia Sacrifices Its Elephants for Palm Oil

Animals  (tags: elephants, palm oil, poison, poisoning, elephant, killed, killing, protection, slaughter, wildlife, cruelty )

- 1870 days ago -
It was a shocking sight for the rangers of the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve: a baby elephant trying in vain to wake its mother with its trunk. She had been poisoned, along with 13 other animals, for straying into state owned palm oil plantations...

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Annelisa J (111)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:31 pm
“The elephants ate rat poison. That’s how the plantation workers prevent the animals from eating the fruit of the oil palm”. The Borneo pygmy elephant is a rare forest elephant subspecies, of which no more than 1,500 animals remain – almost all in Sabah.

Malaysia continues to rely on exporting tropical timber and palm oil. Policymakers are in the process of clearing the last remaining rainforest areas in the states of Sabah and Sarawak for plantations. And with those forests, Borneo is losing an incredible wealth of animal and plant species, including endangered rhinos, orangutans and proboscis monkeys.

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman is driving the deforestation by personally granting permits to clear the rainforest and establish palm oil plantations. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the state-owned Yayasan Sabah Group. In late 2012, the company started to cut down another 70,000 hectares of rainforest for plantations, leaving no room for the forest elephants.

Call on Aman and the Malaysian government to put an immediate end to this crime against nature and to work toward protecting the rainforests and their residents."

Joe R (190)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:55 pm
Thanks Annelisa. Signed and noted..

Andrea Nemec (213)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 3:13 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!

Danuta W (1248)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 4:21 am
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