Palm Oil: Help Save Orangutans and Other Animals From Extinction

Help save Orangutans and other animals from extinction as a result of the irresponsible cultivation of palm oil.


I am sure you are aware of the environmental damage as a result of the cultivation of palm oil, in particular the loss of habitat for many animals including Orangutans who in countries such as Sumatra are under threat of extinction as their forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale.

Below you will find more information and a number of suggested actions you can take. Please take as many as possible.

Firstly please sign and share the following petitions. All are simple requiring few details and just a click to sign.

Petition: Tell IOI to start protecting rainforests.

The first is an urgent petition from Green Peace who say the following about one palm oil company :

Indonesia: right now. Picture huge fires in swathes of beautiful rainforest. Imagine people and animals struggling to see, struggling to breathe, as a thick haze spreads.

During last year’s fires we forced big brands like Colgate to take rainforest destruction seriously – so we know that change is truly possible.

Together we’re going to win again – we’re going to show this palm oil predator, IOI, that the world has had enough. Are you in?

All the while, one palm oil company – called IOI – shrugs its shoulders and refuses to act, despite years of bulldozing rainforest and letting it burn.

IOI is a faceless palm oil company that keeps a low-profile (they have 86 followers on Twitter!) because they count on people being totally uninterested in their bad behaviour to get away with it. IOI thrives on secrecy and it’s up to us to expose it. If thousands of us add our names to this petition, IOI will know that thousands of pairs of eyes are watching them and they won’t be able to hide their forest crimes any more.

This petition is only the beginning; it’s part of a whole range of things we’re doing together across the world to challenge this company. Our investigators are already digging into IOI’s suppliers – finding yet more evidence of the company’s wrongdoing.

The industry is already turning against IOI. Last year half a million of us from a whole host of countries exposed big brands with an embarrassing palm oil league table and a whopping worldwide petition. As a direct result dozens of brands stopped buying from IOI. But now we need to stop this company’s shocking practices for good.

Fires are burning again in Indonesia and we cannot wait for IOI to change on their own. Please sign the petition now.

Petition to Tell IOI to start protecting rainforests.

More action to take and help support activists :
Click here to watch the action and send a message to IOI online

Petition From the Rain Forest Site

Save Our Planet By Putting An End To Unsustainable Palm Oil

“The habitats of iconic endangered species like tigers, orangutans, and rhinoceros are going up in flames, and being replaced with palm tree plantations.

Palm tree oil is one of the hottest commodities on the planet — it’s inexpensive, trans fat-free, and can be found in roughly fifty percent of all market products, according to Rainforest Action Network. But our excessive use of palm oil has come with a significant cost: the homes and lives of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition to tell the Indonesian government it’s time to end this madness. Ask President Joko Widodo and his environment & forestry minister Siti Nurbaya Baker to end these crimes against nature.  –You will find more suggestions further down for actions you can take concerning palm oil and its disastrous effects on wildlife.

Petition: Orangutans – victims of “sustainable” palm oil

The wholesale destruction of rainforests on Borneo for the palm oil plantations of Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA) is threatening the survival of orangutans. BGA is a member of the RSPO – the organization issuing the label for supposedly “sustainable” palm oil. Please call for a stop to deforestation and an end to palm oil imports NOW!

Please read more and sign and share this petition

Please call for a stop to the destruction of Borneo’s rainforests and the unbridled expansion of oil palm plantations.

More information and other actions you can take

How This Baby Orangutan Feels About the Fact Their Population Might Be Extinct in 15 Years


“Listen up, people. See this super adorable baby orangutan? See his cute lil’ pout? And that hair? That hair! Blowing in wind. All innocent and cute. Well, if we humans don’t do something about deforestation and palm oil in the next fifteen years, this cutie and her family will no longer exist.”

Continue Reading:  – includes actions you can take to help save orangutans

Sumatran Orangutans – on the edge of extinction

“The orangutans’ forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale, logging continues even within national parks, and road networks divide the remaining forests into isolated fragments. Human-orangutan conflict is now frequent in farmlands, as orangutans raid crops in search of enough food for survival.”

Continue reading, includes Actions you can take to help Orangutans

Orangutan Project

“Indonesia is home to some of the most rich and biodiverse rainforest in the world.

It contains over 80 endemic species and some of the world’s most unique and iconic endangered wildlife such as the orangutan, elephant and tiger. “

Continue reading  also suggested actions such as Join the Palm Oil Resistance Movement

Be sure to check out this page with information about buying palm oil free products:

While palm oil is an ingredient of so many things you consume or use it can seem like a daunting task to cross it off your shopping list but try to avoid if an alternative exists or the product is not vital or failing that buy from manufacturers that use a sustainable source – more about sustainable palm oil further down. I think it may put people off if it is suggested to avoid palm oil entirely which may be virtually impossible and as such may make it seem like the situation is hopeless.

Help to stop the destruction of habitat for the cultivation of palm oil by writing to manufacturers and food producers

Take Action

Where a product lists palm oil as one of its ingredients why not write to the manufacturer stating your objections and ask them to use another type of oil or use palm oil from a sustainable source

Here is an example of a letter to Sainsbury’s which sell products produced by palm oil from sustainable sources and also palm oil from unstainable sources,  – in other words grown on land from cleared rain forests, sources that result in deforestation, habitat degradation, climate change, animal cruelty and extinction.

Sample Letter it is better if you edit and use your own words if possible.


I have been buying your products for many years, and it has been a while since I checked out the ingredients.

However recently as a result of worldwide concern over the use of palm oil I decided to once again look at the ingredients and was shocked to find that in many cases these ingredients include palm oil.

Is your palm oil from a sustainable source?

If it is it might be an idea to indicate this on the packet, if it isn’t please consider switching to a sustainable source or using another type of oil.

I am sure you are aware of the environmental damage as a result of the cultivation of palm oil in particular the loss of habitat for many animals including Orangutans who in countries such as Indonesia are under threat of extinction as their forest home is being felled and turned into oil palm plantations on a massive scale:

I will only buy products if the palm oil comes from a sustainable forest.

Kind Regards

The more of us who write to retailers the better, let them know that you do not what palm oil in any of your products, public opinion can carry a lot of weight.

The contact details of all retailers are available on their websites. Don’t forget to check with less well known retailers and don’t assume that if a product is vegan or vegetarian that this means that the palm oil that they invariably use is from a sustainable source. 

You can read more about sustainable palm oil here:  – as you will read there are still problems with sustainable forest. The best solution would be not to grow palm oil at all.

However this is unlikely to happen in the forseeable future. Please therefore consider the following:

Should we boycott palm oil?

Palm oil is here to stay for the indefinite future. The vast majority is consumed in countries in Asia and the Middle East where rainforest conservation is a low priority and consumer demand for sustainable products is negligible. If the American, European and Australian NGOs fighting to save the rainforests call for a boycott, then the companies that use palm will have no incentive to purchase it from sustainable sources. After all, why would companies spend more money on sustainable palm if the people who care about sustainability aren’t buying it? That is why many NGOs argue that demanding and buying responsible palm oil will, over time, protect the remaining forests more than boycotting it will.

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Try to avoid palm oil or buy from sustainable resources only

Simply check the ingredients list

Here are a couple of lists of palm oil alternatives which many or may not be available in your country. When it doubt check with the manufacturer.

Borneo Orangutan Survival Austraila  – scroll down for a list of palm oil free or CSPO  (Certified Sustainable Palm Oil) products

Rain Forest Foundation UK – has a pdf downloadable product guide you can keep with you


Update November 4th. Urgent Action: Please sign a Petition to Help Save Mentally ill Man From Execution.

Update November 4th

Update: Imdad’s execution has been stayed until the Supreme Court reviews his case again in the second week of November. Please continue to sign the petition, as Imdad’s stay of execution is only temporary and he is still at risk of execution.


More details further down

Urgent Update 29 October  2016.


Please sign the petition if you have not already done so and share widely.


“There’s no time to lose: Imdad Ali, a severely mentally ill prisoner in Pakistan, is now scheduled to be executed at dawn on Wednesday (November 2nd) after the Supreme Court ruled that his execution could go ahead despite prison doctors confirming that he has severe paranoid schizophrenia. The Supreme Court argued that the execution could proceed because paranoid schizophrenia is “not a mental disorder”.

Please sign the petition and Share “we need as many people as possible to call for his execution to be halted. Can you share the petition on social media if you haven’t already?”


Please read the following from Reprieve and sign the petition to President Hussain to stop the execution.


The Pakistan Supreme Court refused an appeal to stop his execution, meaning only the Pakistani Government can now halt Imdad’s execution. International law prohibits the execution of mentally ill prisoners.

Please share as widely as possible.

Emergency Appeal: Stop the execution of mentally ill prisoner in Pakistan

“Imdad Ali, a Pakistani former electrician with severe mental illness, is due to be executed at dawn on Tuesday over a 2002 shooting. Despite a family history of mental illness, Imdad did not receive a proper medical assessment at his trial and was instead convicted without his mental illness being properly considered.

During his time on death row, Imdad was diagnosed as suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. Imdad has spent over 16 years in prison, where his mental health has significantly deteriorated. Pakistan has signed international agreements which prohibit the execution of mentally ill prisoners.

Executing a mentally ill prisoner would be deeply inhumane and a travesty of justice which cannot be undone. We don’t have much time to save Imdad, and we need your help. Join our call on President Hussain to honour Pakistan’s international agreements banning the execution of mentally ill prisoners and show mercy by staying Imdad’s execution.”


More information about Imdad’scase

Stephen Fry: Pakistan’s courts must not ignore mental illness
by Stephen Fry
Imdad Ali

Please Take Action to Save The Larung Gar Monastery

Please take action to save Tibet’s Larung Gar monastery.


The Chinese government are in the process of demolishing Larung Gar the Tibetan Buddhist monastery pictured above. The demolitions are part of a plan to reduce the size and population of the academy and monastery:

Please read the following from the Free Tibet Society and take the suggested actions.


Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy 2014, by BODHICITTA:

“Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, the largest Tibetan Buddhist institution in the world, is under threat.

Under plans issued by the local government, a series of forced removals and extensive demolition work will be carried out to cut the number of residents from 10,000 down to 5,000 by October 2017. The first round of demolitions and removals, carried out in July, reduced large areas of the site to rubble and caused widespread distress among Tibetans.

The plan is to be implemented in various stages. A series of deadlines have been imposed, with a certain number of removals and demolitions required to be carried out at each stage. The next deadline is October 2016. By then, 1,200 people need to be removed and their residences destroyed.”

Please continue reading and take the suggested actions:  – includes a simple petition and other actions such as writing to your country’s Chinese embassy and your foreign minister. All details of how to do this are included in the above link.

If you have only time for the petition please at least sign this as soon as you can but please take the other actions if at all possible and share:

Regardless of what you think about religion, this is about freedom. The right to choose your own beliefs,  your own way of life,  your own culture and ideology. Its about a grave social injustice which the world has for the most part turned its back on.

Tibet is not a part of China, Tibet belongs to Tibetans. 

For the past fifty years the People of Tibet  have lived under Chinese oppression

“The situation is now so bad that the US-based Freedom House has ranked Tibet as the second least free country in the world, worse even than North Korea or Saudi Arabia, and ahead only of the bombed shell that is Syria.”

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Tragically there is little attention to Tibet Worldwide.

Why is Larung Gar Important

Why Larung Gar, the Buddhist institute in eastern Tibet, is important

Larung Buddhist Academy (also called Larung Gar) was closed to foreigners for almost a decade following the demolition of a thousand residences and eviction of numerous monks and nuns in 2001. Now, demolitions have begun once again, with as many as half its monastic residents facing eviction. What makes Larung Gar so important?

Please continue reading

Larung Gar: China ‘destroys buildings’ at Tibetan Buddhist academy

Larung Gar is said to be the largest Tibetan Buddhist institute in the world but more importantly it is an important part of a culture, a religion and a way of life important to the Tibetan people. Freedom to do as one pleases in life unless it harms others is surely a human right. As an occupier of Tibet the Chinese it seems can do as they please with little opposition from western countries. Countries such as the USA and the UK which are only to quick to use oppression and human rights as a justification to invade other countries when it suits their own agenda while ignoring the plight of the Tibetan people because doing so interferes with relationships with China.

Other actions you can take for Tibet

Tibet Know the facts

Since 1950 Tibet has been occupied by the Chinese while in the same space of time more than 100 other countries have achieved their freedom.


More facts and information for you to share:

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The Tale of Donald Trump Jr.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.



In the bullfighting, after a matador tortured and murdered a bull, he will mutilate the ears and tail of the animal as a trophies or spoils of war against innocent and unarmed creatures. Donald Trump Jr. has also awarded himself his tail when hunting elephants, one of the most endangered species.

When asked, Donald Trump said: “I’m proud of my sons.”
Elephants on the path to extinction [―with the support of Trump family―]

Something Postive :Prisoners Care For Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire

A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as an act of cruelty to a human being
The Prophet Muhammad: Hadith


In this world of turmoil, war, disease, greed and exploitation it can feel as though there is no one left who cares about other people or the other beings with whom we share this world. The focus of life seems to be the acquisition of wealth and power at the expense of one another, other animals and the environment. There are though many exceptions and often in the most unlikely places.

This is one of them.

Below is a heartwarming story with a positive outcome for both people and animals.

The so-called Sand Fire that burned for over a week near Los Angeles didn’t only threaten wildlife sanctuaries. Soon after the wildfire started on July 22, Mark and Lisa Tipton, owners of Deaf Dog Rescue of America (DDRA), a non-profit organization that rescues, trains and rehomes hearing-impaired dogs, decided it was better to be safe than sorry. They evacuated the rescue ranch’s nearly 50 residents.

“It was no small feat to assemble crates, pack them into trucks and trailers, and load the dogs,” Lisa wrote on the DDRA Facebook page. “Backbreaking and stressful. We have wonderful paid kennel staff here which is why we were able to evacuate the dogs so smoothly. Nobody got bitten, no loose dogs, no drugs were used. They stayed with us in our time of need and they were rock stars.”

The Tiptons were eventually able to find a temporary home for the dogs at the California state prison in Lancaster, which invited them to bring the dogs there. Mark happens to operate the Karma Rescue Paws for Life dog-training program for the prison’s inmates. It is California’s first and only dog program in a high-security prison. Many of the participants are serving life sentences.

In this program, dogs rescued from high-kill shelters around Los Angeles County live full-time with the participating inmates.

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Prisoners Care for Deaf Dogs Displaced by Wildfire  Please do read the entire article and watch the video. This is a really positive story and shows that compassion exists in places you would least expect showing that for the most part there is good in everyone and people can change. The inmates morale was boosted by their role in the care of these displaced and disabled dogs and as a result of this scheme in just two years 75  dogs were saved from death and now have a forever home.

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity.
George Bernard Shaw

To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.

Cockroache Milk!!!! Whatever next?

This post includes a petition to sign concerning a related issue for a kit for children to experiment and mutilate live cockroaches to be withdrawn. Please scroll down to sign.

Just when you think you have heard it all something comes along which really shocks you on so many levels for just so many reasons.

According to a scientific journal, IUCrJ,  the milk from cockroaches might well be the next new superfood.

Frankly I am not in the least interested in superfoods or any other faddy diets for the over privileged while millions starve or the yuk factor – for want to a better word – regarding the drinking of milk from cockroaches.

What really concerns me is the misconception that we need milk to thrive, whether it be cockroach milk,cows milk, sheep’s milk or even buffaloes’ milk – apparently cockroach milk is better than buffalo’s milk – I had not realised that people drank the milk from a buffalo. What next, snakes milk.

Attention all those misinformed blind followers of dubious nutritional advice concerning milk please note the following: No one needs milk to thrive be it from cattle or insects or indeed any other creature. After weaning no animal requires milk and this is so for the human animal as it is for any other  animal. Furthermore no animal requires milk from an animal of another species.

What concerns me about this – and is more important than human stupidity in such matters –  is the continuous and it seems endless exploitation of any creature which exists.

In case you do not get it, in simple terms a cows’ milk is for her calf, a cockroaches’ milk is for baby cockroaches. While the thought of drinking milk from an insect makes you cringe in revulsion – an insect who rather like a rat is much despised simply for being what he is by his very nature –  consider the following.

What I find most revolting and sickening is the exploitation and killing of countless billions of these tiny sentient beings to provide a well fed and I would imagine a fairly affluent person with a food he or she does not need.

Sentient ? Indeed cockroaches are sentient creatures, here is what  a study by the Queen Mary University of London says about cockroach sentience

A new study by scientists at Queen Mary, University of London has found that cockroaches are social beings who “talk” to one another about food and prefer to dine in groups. When presented with two identical slices of bread, the roaches repeatedly gathered around the same slice, rather than splitting up. In an earlier study, researchers used computer simulations to show that, even with their tiny brains, insects have enough neural circuits to possess consciousness, and they may even be able to count. According to professor Lars Chittka, one of the researchers, “Animals with bigger brains are not necessarily more intelligent.” If you’re not ready to roll out the welcome mat, though, here are a few simple steps to help you keep unwanted bugs at bay:

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The proposed exploitation of cockroaches in the way described above is by no means the only way these animals are exploited.

Take Action

Backyard Brains is selling a kit the purpose of which is for children to experiment and mutilate cockroaches

Roaches are sentient beings who exist for their own reasons, but Backyard Brains only sees them as a way to make money. The company sells live cockroaches and mutilation kits as cruel “science projects” for kids.

No matter what you think of cockroaches it is cruel and inhumane to mutilate them and moreover it is deeply unethical to teach children that it is okay to harm any creature.

Please send a message  to  Backyard Brains: Stop Mutilating Cockroaches!

Whether you like them or not, cockroaches are living, feeling animals—and it’s not OK to torment and mutilate them just because we can. These “experiments” teach kids the dangerous lesson that animals who aren’t soft and cuddly don’t deserve compassion.

Please, tell the cofounder of Backyard Brains to stop torturing roaches:

Please everyone sign even if you do not like cockroaches as they have a right not to be militated and children do not need to be taught how to be cruel. Rather children need to learn to respect life, all life.

Read more here about Cockroach milk:

Cockroach Milk Might Be The Hot New Superfood, According To Science  –   If that annoying and totally revolting graphic of someone spitting out milk makes you nauseated I highly recommend scrolling past it.

I know a lot of people hate insects, in particular cockroaches. I am phobic about certain types of insects and arachnids however this does not prevent me from being concerned about their well-being or feeling sick inside regarding the mutilation of these helpless animals who just wish to live their lives as nature intended as does every creature that lives. Writing this article has produced a certain amount of what I will call phobic anxiety yet I feel strongly that this mutilation kit is profoundly wrong in so just many ways, it not only abuses the cockroaches but it is in my opinion a form of child abuse. We need a kinder gentler world and this will never happen if we teach our children that it is okay to inflict harm on any living being. Frankly the thought of this cruelty disturbs me greatly.

More information


Be Kind to Cockroaches

Simple steps to keep cockroaches at bay with out deliberately harming them

Please help the Free Tibet Campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

Below is a message from the Free Tibet society concerning China’s plans to appoint the next Dalai Lama. It was inevitable that China would take this step in its campaign to subjugate the Tibetan people. Please read the following information and sign the petition and share widely. We must not allow this to happen, the nations of the world must not accept China’s interference in the religious beliefs of the Tibetan people, an obvious manipulation by the Chinese government to strengthen its power in Tibet.

Take Action

Please sign a simple petition:



This campaign has been around a few months but is still on-going so please do sign the petition and share.

China sees the present Dalai Lama as a threat because of the support and reverence shown to him by Tibetans and also his popularity world-wide. The Chinese government’s claim that it is only they who can select the new Dalai Lama is erroneous and manipulative. Who would believe such an obvious deception is difficult to imagine but like everything else in time people would accept this in much the same way as many of the nations of the world accept that Tibet is part of China. The choosing of the Dalai Lama is a religious matter not a secular one. According to the beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism the Dalai Lamas are a succession of reincarnations only identified some years after their death by certain appointed religious authorities through meditation, divination, written instruction, examination ( the reincarnation reliably recounting his previous life and speaking about it; identifying possessions belonging to the predecessor and recognizing people who had been close to him) and other religious practices . In other words the current Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of the previous one. Therefore the Dalai Lama is not chosen but rather he is found.  Considering this the Chinese government has no legitimate authority in the context of Tibetan Buddhism than for example the Italian government or any other has to choose the Pope.

For more information from Free Tibet concerning this campaign please continue reading.

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“This week (May ) saw the 21st anniversary of the notorious abduction by China of Ghedun Choekyi Nyima, the six-year-old boy who had been chosen as the Panchen Lama, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most senior figures. Within months of his disappearance, China had appointed its own Panchen Lama, the son of Communist Party officials.

For China today, persecuting monks and nuns and exercising suffocating control over every aspect of religious life in Tibet is not enough: now it plans to appoint its own puppet Dalai Lama after the current Dalai Lama dies.

Free Tibet is launching a major new campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

The selection of the Dalai Lama is of the deepest importance to Tibetans and a fundamental issue of religious freedom. They will reject a Dalai Lama forced on them by the Chinese government. Please, sign our petition calling on religious authorities and governments to support the Tibetan people and publicly declare that they will not recognise any Dalai Lama appointed by Beijing.

Please sign the petition

For more on our Beyond Belief campaign see our news story here. For more information on China’s control of religion in Tibet see our website.”

“When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the Fifteenth Dalai Lama to be recognized, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the concerned officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust. They should consult the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the reliable oath-bound Dharma Protectors who are linked inseparably to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. They should seek advice and direction from these concerned beings and carry out the procedures of search and recognition in accordance with past tradition. I shall leave clear written instructions about this. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.”

The Dalai Lama

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The paragraph above appears at the end of the above article.

Below is a recent example of the suppression of the Tibetan people concerning religious matters


Lobsang Tsering’s protest captured on film shortly before his arrest off camera

“A Tibetan monk, Lobsang Tsering, was arrested after carrying out a solo protest in Ngaba County,eastern Tibet yesterday. The protest took place at around 4pm local time in Lhade Ghabma, a community near to Kirti Monastery.”

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As you will read in the above article one monk was given an eighteen year prison sentence for allegedly being caught with images and recordings of the Dalai Lama!!!!


And in Ngaba a mother of two is arrested after a solo protest

“Demolition work has begun at Larung Gar, the largest centre of Buddhist teaching in Tibet. The demolitions are part of a plan announced last month to dramatically scale down the size and population of the academy and monastery, which is located in Sertar County in Kardze, eastern Tibet.”

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