‘Green’ Palm Oil Goes Into The Red

After it became popular knowledge that Palm Oil production was linked to massive deforestation, people were calling for the companies to find greener ways to produce the Palm Oil – and prove it.  Therefore the Malaysian companies hired auditors to certify that they were not felling protected rainforest, and keeping their supply chain clean. However, it seems all-important European consumers have forgone the extra cost this has accumulated in associated products in favour of not-so-“green” cheaper price tags. The recession has been blamed for this, however the Palm Oil companies feel they have been persuaded to spend what seems to them to be unnecessary money by their western market, only to hit a brick wall when trying to sell to the very same consumers! The Chief Executive of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council said “We have been led down the path of false hope in selling environmentally-certified palm oil and now the buyers are not keen on paying for the premium”. This could be a massive dent in the global fight to wipe out illegal deforestation by Palm Oil companies, as if they have no financial incentive to change their ways, there may be no persuading them from now on.

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Malaysian Government to Export Macaques

The Malaysian Government has lifted the 23 year ban on capturing and exporting their native primates the Long-Tailed Macaque.

The reason they have given for this decision is that they have become too bothersome in civilised, built-up areas, and a lot of resort and restaurant managers have admitted to shooting them when they become a menace. However, these ‘civilised’ areas in question have been built upon or within the Macaques natural habitat. As these species are considered opportunistic feeders, they will forage anywhere and become accustomed to human contact very quickly.

The Malaysian Government has said they have no intention of taking the population below sustainability, however they will not release any figures on how many Macaques they intend to capture and export, or how they will prevent the wild forest-living populations from being affected or targeted. It is likely most of them will end up in laboratories or on dinner plates.

[03.10.07] Sydney Morning Herald

Malaysia: Illegal Orangutans Deported

Four Orangutans residing in Malaysia, have had to be returned to Borneo after being discovered as the species normally found in the rainforest. Two were living in a Malaysian Zoo whilst the other two in a theme park, however there were no details as to how they were acquired.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requires an animal to be sent back to its country of origin if it does not have proper import certification and it cannot be established how it was brought in, the paper said. The four apes are scheduled to be flown to Jakarta Friday and handed over to Indonesia’s forestry department. They will go through a rehabilitation programme before being sent to Kalimantan on Borneo island.

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