The “Nasty 8” is a group of 8 Global Snack Brands that profit from the rape of our Earth’s rainforests, causing Orangutans to be shot, burned alive and starved to death. These companies are in complete defiance of their ecological commitment to remove conflict palm oil from their supply chains:
Young orphaned orangutans that survive the burning and killings are kidnapped and sold on the black market for large sums of money. Every year it is estimated that 1,000–5,000 orangutans are killed in palm oil concessions. It is monstrous.
“Our assessment has found that the paper promises of Unilever, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Mondelēz, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars and The Hershey Company have not stopped deforestation, threats to endangered species, or delivered respect for human rights or remedy for exploitation of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and workers,” said Robin Averbeck, RAN.
Like dirty politicians, the 'Nasty 8' claim to have increased transparency, but not one of them can communicate to consumers the plantations or farms where the palm oil they sourced was grown.
WE MUST SAVE OUR ORANGUTANS
Originating from the Malay words “person of the forest,” Orangutans are magnificent and intelligent apes that share an incredible 97% of the same DNA as human beings. On a spiritual level, Orangutans are gentle, loving creatures each with unique personality traits that make them special. At one with nature and doing no one harm, these animals are under attack like you wouldn’t believe.
Known for their long shaggy reddish-orange hair, Orangutans use their strong arms to thrust their bodies from tree branch to tree branch. Native to the humid jungles of Malaysia and Indonesia, Orangutans thrive in trees near rivers, fresh water and peat swamp forests.
As of January 2021, eco systems of the Sumatran Orangutan are under full blown attack by Palm Oil Industry. As you read this article, trees are being crushed by bull-dozers to the sounds of terrorized birds and animals. Orangutans run for their lives with babies clinging around their necks. In the past decade, human beings have murdered 50% of the world’s Orangutans.
BE THE CHANGE
The Oil Palm Tree provides one of the world’s highest quality oils, used primarily mostly in developed countries. Palm Oil is used for a wide variety of purposes, from food products, to cosmetics to detergents. More than 50% of all packaged products in America use palm oil.
Malaysia and Indonesia remain the leading producers and account for 85% of the world's total production. It is a massive industry and a valuable agricultural export commodity for Malaysian and Indonesian peoples.
This high and irresistible demand has become a leading cause of rainforest destruction and the murder of the orangutan species.