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1. SAVE OUR ORANGUTANS FROM EXTINCTION

The Orangutans are the two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes that are native to Indonesia and Malaysia. Highly intelligent creatures they share almost the same characteristics as we do the human species.

Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, Orangutans are currently found only in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra. Classified in the genus Pongo, there are only two surviving species.



Both Orangutan species are considered to be Endangered with the Sumatran Orangutan being Critically Endangered. Threats to Orangutan populations include poaching, habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade.

The Orangutan has a new threat though, shoppers thirst for palm oil is now threatening to wipe the whole species of the face of the earth.

The demand for a cheap ingredient found in thousands of products, from shampoo to biscuits, is contributing to the extinction of the Orangutan.

One in 10 mass-produced foods on the worlds supermarket shelves is estimated to contain palm oil, a bulking agent and preservative, but supermarkets and food manufacturers have been accused of doing too little to ensure their supplies are not threatening forests that are vital to the survival of Asia's only great ape.

An estimated 5,000 Orangutans are killed each year in Malaysia and Indonesia by the burning of vast tracts of virgin forest to supply the world's growing demand for palm oil. Building roads to the plantations has made the situation worse, by opening up the jungle for poachers, who kill Orangutan mothers and sell their babies as pets to Asian families.

Only 3 days ago a mother and her new born child was murdered by an angry mob of palm oil workers for the crime of foraging for food that they are finding hard to obtain as of the destruction of their forest / habitat.

Conservationists say Britain, the second biggest importer of palm oil in the EU, could do more. They want the Government to make companies responsible for the environmental impact of their activities in the Company Law Reform Bill. Five major food retailers - Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, the Co-op and Asda - have joined a not-for-profit organisation aiming to clean up the palm oil industry. But Britain's biggest retailer Tesco and the major store chains Morrisons and Iceland, have refused to join the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

We now ask you to not only sign the petition, but to boycott all Britains supermarkets that have refused to join the Roundtable to now make safe the Orangutan.

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2. Demand the labeling of palm oil in cosmetic products

The Sumatran orangutan society, have been very successful in campaigning to get palm oil labeled in all products who use it. They have recently won their clear labels, not forests campaign and it is now compulsory for all food products containing palm oil to be labeled in Europe and the UK. However this does not cover all products...cosmetics are not included in this campaign but i believe they should be.

The palm oil industry is responsible for destroying thousands of acres of deforestation in other countries. Currently 300 football fields are destroyed in south east Asia every hour for palm oil. And it's not just the vegetation that is being affected! The animals that rely on the forest (such as orangutans) are affected, many orangutans have no place to go when the forest is destroyed. 20 years ago their were more than 300,000 Bornean orangutans in the wild, now their are less than 45,000 in the wild. Orangutans only give birth once in 6 - 10 years therefore it is hard for them to breed as much as they are dying out due to deforestation.

Please go to http://www.wspa.org.uk/wspaswork/orangutans/ for more information on orangutans.

But worst of all the industry does not even label palm oil! Most palm oil is labeled as vegetable oil, therefore many people are unaware that it is in their shopping products. This is taking away our freedom to know what exactly goes into our cosmetics, it takes away are choice of whether or not to use palm oil! This is wrong, they should label palm oil and deliberately point out if it is palm oil free!

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3. Demand palm oil be labeled!

Today palm oil is used in lots of shopping products, some of which includes pears soap, pringles, most peanut butters, clover, ginsters, haribo, Good fellas pizza, warburtons and much more. Unfortunately I wouldn't be mentioning this if it didn't have such an affect on the environment.

The palm oil industry is responsible for destroying thousands of acres of deforestation in other countries. Currently 300 football fields are destroyed in south east Asia every hour for palm oil. And it's not just the vegetation that is being affected! The animals that rely on the forest (such as orangutans) are affected, many orangutans have no place to go when the forest is destroyed. 20 years ago their were more than 300,000 Bornean orangutans in the wild, now their are less than 45,000 in the wild. Orangutans only give birth once in 6 - 10 years therefore it is hard for them to breed as much as they are dying out due to deforestation.

Please go to http://www.wspa.org.uk/wspaswork/orangutans/ for more information on orangutans.

But worst of all the industry does not even label palm oil! Most palm oil is labeled as vegetable oil, therefore many people are unaware that it is in their food. This is taking away our freedom to know what exactly goes into our food, it takes away are choice of whether or not to eat palm oil! This is wrong, they should label palm oil and deliberately point out if it is palm oil free!

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4. Don't Palm Us Off

Auckland Zoo is asking the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to label palm oil on all food products, and we'd love you to join us!

The growth of oil palm plantations to produce palm oil in South East Asia is destroying rainforest habitat and driving the orangutan, Sumatran tiger, Asian elephant, Asian rhino and other rainforest species to extinction.

Palm oil is now in one in 10 supermarket products, but on most of these products, it's not labelled.

We all have the right to make informed choices about what food products we buy, and to not buy foods that destroy rainforest habitat and drive wildlife to extinction.

Please sign our 'Don't Palm Us Off' petition by clicking here or pick up a postcard at the zoo.

Tell FSANZ don't palm us off.

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5. Stop Arnott's Use of Deadly Palm Oil

The Palm Oil industry is the greatest threat to Orangutan's in the wild. On average, it costs the lives of about 50 orangutans per week. This means that more than 2,600 Orangutans die every single year simply so that we can enjoy products such as TimTams, Pringles and many more

In the time that it takes you to read and sign this petition, another Orangutan may have died as a consequence of the savage Palm-Oil companies drive to get rich, regardless of the environmental consequences.

Orangutans share 98% of our DNA, and yet we're killing them off as if they are nothing more than garbage. You can help put an end to this mindless murder now by signing this petition. YOU can make a difference.

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6. Route 92 Later PM Service Needed

The Palm-Tran route 92 is an East-West bus route that runs from Hwy 441 /
Sandalfoot Plaza all the way out to Camino Real & A1A / Ocean Blvd.

The route has low ridership, and always has, and the reason that not many
people ride the bus, is because the last route back to Sandalfoot Plaza from
Camino Real / A1A is at 4:30pm. Not even a standard 9-5 job can be
considered, living on this bus route.

People who use the bus to go to work can't get home from work. This is the
earliest ending route of the entire Palm-Tran system(excluding the jury shuttle,
and an inlet route).

The route has been cut back by removing service to the community hospital,
and has stopped servicing Logger's Run, a large residential portion of the
western Boca Raton area. These were all methods of saving money on the
route.

Instead of trying to increase ridership, Palm-Tran also decided to terminate
service for this route on Sundays.

Later service for this route is NEEDED. It is one of the three routes that runs
through Boca Raton's downtown area, and one of the two that connects the
western Boca Raton area to the eastern Boca Raton area. It connects the
Broward County Transportation system, and the unincorporated residential
areas of southwestern Palm-Beach county, to the eastern 'working' area of Boca
Raton, and services 3 major bus stops that serve the entire county. Later night
service is desparately needed by all the riders on this route, indefinitely.

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7. Stop Palm Oil Plantations

Millions of hectares of natural rainforest in Indonesia are being destroyed, right as you read this, for palm oil plantations.

Not only is this detrimental for the environment, but for the animals that require this forest for homes and habitats.

Two endangered species, the orangutan and the Sumatran Tiger, are being driven from their homes, forced into villages looking for food and shelter, where they are captured and killed.

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