Palmed Off: Is Your Dinner Killing Orangutans? (For Take Part)

Boycott palm oil and palm oil products – show the palm oil industry that we won’t allow Orangutans to become extinct for the sake of a food oil.

Writing by Elissa Sursara

“Palmed” off: is your dinner killing an orangutan?
by Elissa Sursara for Take Part

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“When I found Max, he couldn’t walk. He was disorientated and terrified, and the burns to his feet and body were too severe. He was one of several hundred orangutans displaced by forest clearing outside the Tanjung Puting National Park in 2006, becoming separated from his family after plantation workers cruelly herded escaping orangutans back toward the burning jungle – and away from precious plantation land. No more than one year old, Max had fought successfully against the trapping, hunting and forest clearing industries that endangered his short life. But with one last breath, he finally lost his battle, becoming one of several thousand orangutans killed annually by a barbaric agricultural farming process, and becoming a victim of a different kind of oil spill: the trade in palm oil.”

Palm oil monoculture is “palming” off orangutans…

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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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