Thank you very much, for those who signed! I am very, very pleased to announce that the Sumatran orangutan society has now made it compulsory for all palm oil products to be labeled accordingly in Europe and the UK, with the clear labels, not forests campaign. It should be put into place by the end of the month, so I have been told.
This is a very big achievement that should hopefully persuade people into buying alternatives to products with palm oil and eventually help with protecting the habitats that are most endangered, including the orangutans. but we have not won yet, this new labeling system only applies to food, not cosmetics and so I will be launching a new petition to demand palm oil be labels in cosmetic products. also the Sumatran orangutan society will be campaigning to stop the UK's power stations from burning palm oil for heat and power. they will be announcing their campign via their website, facebook and twitter.
So I would like to thank everyone again for all their support. And would like to ask you all to continue backing the labeling of palm oil. Thank you very much.
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!
We, the people who have signed, demand the proper labeling of palm oil on all products that contain it.
They should be easily labeled and visible so that people have the choice to choose whether or not to use palm oil, whether it be in food, cleaning products or health and hygiene products.
The Demand palm oil be labeled! petition to WSPA was written by Rebecca and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.