We spent almost the whole day at Melbourne Zoo yesterday. We were lucky enough to have a friend who works at the zoo on shift, and as we followed her around the elephant trail, we felt as though we had our very own tour guide. Besides learning all the names of the elephants and orang-utans, hearing about their individual personalities, and who is friends with who behind the scenes, we also learnt a lot about palm oil and the zoo’s campaign Don’t Palm Us Off.
Did you know that…
“In the past six months, approximately 15% of the remaining 10,000 hectares of Tripa Peatland forest has been illegally cleared, and more than 20 fires continue to rage in the reserve. The main reason for this unsustainable rainforest loss is the ever-increasing demand for palm oil.”
It’s really easy to help to make a difference. Remember, you vote with your wallet! Here is a list of products you can keep your eye out for at the supermarket, and if you wish to avoid palm oil and help support the orang-utans, you could avoid products containing these things…
Palm oil in food:
:: Vegetable oil (which is gross anyway guys)
:: Sodium Laureth Sulphate
:: Sodium Lauryl Sulphates
:: Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate
:: Palm Oil Kernal
Palm oil in cosmetics:
:: Elaeis Guineensis
:: Glyceryl Stearate
:: Stearic Acid
Chemicals containing palm oil
:: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
:: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
:: Hydrated Palm Glycerides
:: Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye
:: Cetyl Palmitate & Octyl Palmitate
You can read more about this here and also download fact sheets and so on.
We were talking about how some people have said they don’t like the zoo and think it is cruel to keep the animals locked up. Of course in an ideal world there would be no need for zoos, however given the damage humans have created in the world, and the number of animals that are threatened by extinction as a result, the zoo is a wonderful place enabling life to continue for a number of species, and also bringing issues such as palm oil to the attention of the public. My friend also said to me “And besides all that, it is so important that people can come here to connect with the animals.” So true.
Something that, sadly, the majority of us no longer do in our day to day lives.