Orangutan Desperately Trying to Stop a Bulldozer From Destroying His Home : Take Action

“I would make a difference by banning unsustainable palm oil in order to save the rainforest and orangutan habitats along with the rest of the three hundred thousand other species that live in the rainforest.”
Katie Cleary

The photo above shows the desperation of an orangutan, who fortunately has been rescued, as a bulldozer destroys his habitat in West Borneo. A poignant and vivid reminder of the destruction of the habitats of wild animals as their forest home is laid waste to provide land to grow palm oil. If this destruction is not stopped the orangutan will be extinct by 2020.

Please sign as many of the petitions below as you can and also take some of the suggested actions from Say No To palm Oil.

Read the following for more information

“Orangutan Desperately Trying to Stop a Bulldozer From Destroying His Home Is a Wake Up Call For Us All (VIDEO)

“Around 50,000 square miles of tropical forests are cleared each year to produce palm oil, a common ingredient of our snacks and other foods but also household products and cosmetics. As the forests are cleared, many orangutans are forced to scavenge for food on palm plantations – where they are often killed as “pests” or captured and sold into the exotic pet trade.”

Please read the entire article:

Than please share and sign the following petition:

This Orangutan Tried to Stop a Bulldozer From Destroying His Home

“The footage is devastating. An orangutan runs across a felled tree and tries to fight off a bulldozer clearing his natural habitat in West Borneo.

Members of International Animal Rescue are seen coming to the orangutan’s aid. It’s a heartbreaking reminder of the plight critically endangered orangutans face. Over the past 20 years, orangutans have lost 55% of their natural habitat due to deforestation. Their population has decreased 50% over the past 60 years, due in large part to this loss of habitat.”

Please read more and sign the petition:


More petitions 

This next petitions asks that the UK government Make Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil a Legal Requirement

“Unsustainably sourced palm oil is one of the leading causes of deforestation of the rainforest in places such as Madagascar and Indonesia.”

Read more and sign the petition:

Make Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil a Legal Requirement:

This petition is to Companies that use unsustainable palm oil in their products

“Palm oil production is killing orangutans and 1500 other rain forest species. The orangutan will be extinct in 2020 if we don’t do something very soon.”

Please read more and sign the petition

Companies: Stop using awful palm oil !


More Action

From Say No To Palm Oil

Take the palm oil challenge

“Are you up for a CHALLENGE?!

As a consumer, you can help to reduce your contribution to deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra through making some simple lifestyle changes. We share these tips and tricks with you in a world-first program called the 28-Day Palm Oil Challenge.

The 28-Day Palm Oil Challenge is a program designed to help you live a more holistically sustainable lifestyle. Step by step, you’ll discover how to reduce your consumption of conflict-palm oil. ”

http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/What_can_i_do.phpl  –   Lots of information and more actions you can take, there is something for everyone, we can all make a difference even if it is only by avoiding products containing palm oil.I say only but avoiding products with palm oil from non sustainable sources is not as easy as it sounds and you will need to read labels very carefully.

Don’t forget to check out Say No to Palm Oil home page for even more information and actions including petitions

If we don’t end this devastation soon there will be dire consequences for many of the worlds plant and animal species:
Did you know that the world’s rainforests are home to over half of all plants and anima


Please Help Opal Another Lonely Ape


Please sign and share the following two petitions from Care 2 and Change org to persuade Mr Boswell of Boswell circus who owns the Natal Zoo (South Africa) to send Opal the 36 year old lonely Orangutan to a sanctuary.

Care 2 petition

Opal the Orangutan has spent 36 lonely years in her cage. Help her get to a sanctuary!

“Mr Boswell of Boswell circus owns the Natal Zoo (South Africa), just outside Pietermaritzburg. There the public, for a fee, can see a variety of caged animals.

As an Inspector at the Kloof and Highway SPCA, I have been involved in assessing the well-being of the caged animals in this zoo. This task never fails to wrench my emotions, leaving me desperate to find some refuge for them, which would allow far better quality of life. At the very least, a semblance of nature.

Opal is the most heart-wrenching of all. She is a 36 year old orangutan. As a species, they rank among the most intelligent of all primates. Adapted to an incredible variety of stimulating, challenging & changing elements in their treetop jungle homes. As mothers they are utterly devoted parents, the young staying with them for about ten years , learning the joys & dangers of their maze of branches, leaves & fruits. What to eat, what to avoid. How to build a nest each night, how to make a leaf umbrella for the almost daily rain. Above all, they have the gentle, constant companionship of a mother, friend, teacher & playmate. All of this – until they are old, & experienced enough to go off into the world for an adult life of equal variety.”

Please read more and sign and share the petition:


Change Org Petition

Call for Brian Boswell to release Opal from Natal Zoological Gardens

“We plead with Mr Boswell to release her to Monkeyworld in the UK- they wait for her with open arms. She will be cared for by teams of experts in the field of socialising apes which have lived lives of isolated misery.”

Please sign the petition and share


More information

World’s loneliest orangutan Opal has spent 30 years in solitary confinement as campaigners call for release

“A British animal sanctuary is offering to rescue an orang-utan kept in solitary confinement for three decades.”

Please read more, includes a video:

Opal’s story is heartbreaking. She belongs in a sanctuary with others of her species even if she has trouble integrating with other orangutans. A sanctuary will be a better environment where she can be cared for and not exposed to people who come and stare at her. Animals are not here for our entertainment. Ideally she should be in the wild, but a sanctuary is the next best thing for her with a caring environment where hopefully in time she can find some companionship.  For social animals such as Orangutans, isolation is a terrible torment.

Please sign the petitions if you have not already done so.



Please Help Sandra The Orangutang



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

SANDRA is an orangutan living in the awful Buenos Aires Zoo, in Argentina.

She was pronounced by the Argentinian justice, “a non-human person” and “subject of right”. In addition, it was decided that Sandra should be transferred to a sanctuary where she will be able to live a decent life, if the move is safe for her health.

Months pass and Sandra is still locked in a cage of the zoo, without even being examined.

Please sign the petition to ask the MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BUENOS AIRES, HORACIO RODRIGUEZ LARRETA, ZOO’S DIRECTOR OF THE CITY OF BUENOS AIRES, GABRIEL AGUADO, and ATTORNEY, JAVIER BUJÁN, to accelerate the steps required to transfer Sandra to a sanctuary as justice ruled.

Sandra has suffered too much. It’s time to end the abuse.







The Story of Budi, the Baby orangutan

Please note because of a delay in publishing this article some of the information included may have changed, you can check up on Budi’s progress here:
http://www.internationalanimalrescue.org/orangutan-sanctuary/animals/budi   His Story is worth sharing and support is still needed.

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


Published on Jan 22, 2015

Budi is a baby orangutan that has been rescued by International Animal Rescue in Indonesia.

For the first year of his life Budi was kept in a chicken cage and fed on nothing but condensed milk which was slowly killing him.

On arrival at IAR’s orangutan rescue centre Budi’s condition was extremely critical, and he was too frail to move or sit up on his own. He was showing signs of severe malnutrition and screaming in pain every time he was moved by the vets. This video shows vet Karmele feeding Budi from a bottle and vet Jaclyn weighing him.

Our team of experts are working around the clock to monitor and treat Budi. He has a very long way to go on the road to recovery and we are appealing for donations towards his treatment and care.


More Information, photos and ways to help Budi.


“We cannot even imagine how much pain this small baby has suffered”, says Dr Karmele L Sanchez, IAR’s Programme Director in Indonesia. “His eyes fill with tears every time he’s moved by the doctors and he screams in pain. It’s really amazing that Budi has been able to survive this long.”

Please read more from International Rescues website:

Learn more about Budi including the latest update, also other animals cared for by International Animal Rescue, and ways you can help by visiting their Facebook page:

Here is one way to help

More information about Budi

From Scientific American:

Rescued Baby Orangutan Shines Light on Cruel, Illegal Pet Trade

So how did Budi come to be in such a sorry state? In all likelihood he entered the pet trade—which is banned under Indonesian law—after his habitat was destroyed, probably illegally, for agriculture or the palm oil trade, says Alan Knight, OBE, chief executive of International Animal Rescue, the organization that runs the center. “Experience tells us that his mother is likely to have been killed and Budi caught and sold,” he says. “We have countless infants in our rescue center with similar stories.”

Richard Zimmerman, executive director of Orangutan Outreach, blames the palm oil industry for the horrors faced by Budi and other orangutans like him. “The forests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place where these gentle, intelligent creatures live—each island is home to a different species—and the cultivation of palm oil has directly led to the brutal deaths of thousands of individuals as the industry has expanded into previously undisturbed areas of rainforest at an alarming rate.” Borneo’s orangutan population has declined at least 55 percent over the past 20 years due to rampant deforestation and hunting. Palm oil, meanwhile, is used in everything from candy to cosmetics.


Read more about Budi and see more photos

A baby orangutan finally has the strength to sit up and feed himself fruit after being caged in a chicken coop and fed only condensed milk for most of his short life.

Tiny Budi stole hearts around the world when his horrific story of neglect at the hands of his owner was revealed by MailOnline. Now donations to the charity nursing him back from the brink of death have now topped £20,000 – many of them from kind-hearted readers.

Vets from the British animal welfare charity said he is strong enough to lift a bottle of milk to his mouth and suck the juice from pieces of fruit.

He was rescued in Indonesia by a Sussex-based charity from a hellish life as a family pet and cried like a human baby during the journey to his new home.

Read more:


Court declares Orangutan is a ‘Non-Human Person’

Here is some good news to begin the new year though this story was doing the rounds before Christmas.

A ground breaking decision has been made by a court in Argentina which has recognised that an Orangutan is a ‘Non-Human Person’.


BUENOS AIRES, Dec 21 (Reuters) – An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognized the ape as a “non-human person” unlawfully deprived of its freedom, local media reported on Sunday.

Animal rights campaigners filed a habeas corpus petition – a document more typically used to challenge the legality of a person’s detention or imprisonment – in November on behalf of Sandra, a 29-year-old Sumatran orangutan at the Buenos Aires zoo.

In a landmark ruling that could pave the way for more lawsuits, the Association of Officials and Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) argued the ape had sufficient cognitive functions and should not be treated as an object.

The court agreed Sandra, born into captivity in Germany before being transferred to Argentina two decades ago, deserved the basic rights of a “non-human person.”

“This opens the way not only for other Great Apes, but also for other sentient beings which are unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of their liberty in zoos, circuses, water parks and scientific laboratories,” the daily La Nacion newspaper quoted AFADA lawyer Paul Buompadre as saying.

Please read more of the article:
Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is ‘Non-Human Person’ And Can Be Freed,
By Richard Lough

This is wonderful news and hopefully the beginning of the recognition that animals are sentient beings, non human persons with rights concerning their own lives, with the right to freedom and protection from exploitation and abuse.

It is unfortunate to say the least that courts in the USA could not grant the same rights to the animals mentioned in the above article, namely Tommy the chimpanzee, privately owned in New York state, ruling the chimp was not a “person” entitled to the rights and protections afforded by habeas corpus or the orca Wales at Seaworld whom PETA claimed were treated like slaves by Seaworld whom they filed a law suit against and which a San Diego court dismissed.

Note the following  interesting comment in the comments section of the above article: I wish the U.S. was as forward thinking and progressive as Argentina is. But we don’t even consider minorities as sentient beings deserving of rights- like not being killed for being black.

Indeed this is true and we have a long way to go in establishing the rights of both human and non human animals but this is a significant step forward and welcomed by animals rights advocates the world over.

Related Links

Is An Animal A Person?

“Popular use of the term “person” is often used interchangeably with “human,” however this is not strictly accurate. This is an incredibly pertinent question to any discussion of animal rights.

Legally speaking a “person” includes corporations, companies, associations, firms, partnerships, societies, and joint stock companies, as well as individuals. The legal significance of personhood is that it implies freedom, rights and ultimately respect. Worldwide, animals as generally regarded as property – not only culturally but legally.”

“Every animal is a unique individual – its personality shaped by its genes, its environment and its life experiences. Just as we are.”

Extracts from the article Is An Animal a Person?
Read more:


Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists

“Dolphins should be treated as non-human “persons”, with their rights to life and liberty respected, scientists meeting in Canada have been told.

Experts in philosophy, conservation and animal behaviour want support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans.

They believe dolphins and whales are sufficiently intelligent to justify the same ethical considerations as humans.

Recognising their rights would mean an end to whaling and their captivity, or their use in entertainment.”


“Ethics expert Prof Tom White, from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, author of In Defence of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier, said dolphins were “non-human persons”.

“A person needs to be an individual. If individuals count, then the deliberate killing of individuals of this sort is ethically the equivalent of deliberately killing a human being.”

Extracts from the article Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists
Read More