Cardiff Friends of the Earth palm oil campaign stall, Queen Street Photo: Lindsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth
29 October 2005 - Queen Street, Cardiff
Big business is clearing rainforest in south east Asia to make way for palm oil plantations. This has a devastating impact on wildlife and local communities.
Unique species threatened by the destruction include orang-utangs, horn bills, wild bearded pigs, long-tailed macaques, monitor lizards, mouse deer, hairy-nosed otters, flying lemurs, silver-leaf monkeys, honey bears and proboscis monkeys.
Over 100 UK companies are involved in buying and selling palm oil products. The vast majority of these are doing nothing to ensure they do not buy palm oil from destructive sources.
Friends of the Earth wants a new law to prevent UK companies from acting in such an irresponsible way.
Orang-utangs could be made homeless if expansion of palm oil plantations continue. Photo: Lindsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth