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1 celticdragon  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 10:03:53am

My God. How despicable.

I am so relieved that the two of them were saved. I think it is time to reconsider basic rights for higher primates.

2 Blue Point  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 10:43:14am

And they call the monkeys animals?

3 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 10:44:59am

re: #2 nines09

And they call the monkeys animals?

Humans are animals too.

4 [deleted]  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:01:03am
5 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:11:32am

OK, who shat on the floor?

6 Gus  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:15:27am

re: #4 Reality Check

What the hell is the matter with you?

7 William Barnett-Lewis  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:29:13am

Only way this will change is if rich westerners start paying a bigger bounty for live animals than the corps will pay for dead ones.

8 calochortus  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 11:47:33am

The palm oil plantations are a large part of the problem. The orangutans are just a photogenic example of the victims of the reduction in biodiversity. The current boom in plantations is associated with bio-fuels production as well as the food industry.

Do I have an answer? No. But we do need to be asking the questions about what we are doing to the planet, and how best to deal with it.

9 terraincognita  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 12:01:06pm

I had the pleasure of observing rainforest orangutans in Borneo a number of years ago. The island of Borneo is divided between the kingdom of Brunei, two states of Malaysia and Indonesia. The preserve near Sandakan, Sabah in Malaysia where I visited was closely guarded by wardens and the community. They seemed very intent on guarding the animals from poachers and other threats and appreciated the visits of conservationists and concerned visitors.

10 Charles Johnson  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 12:02:26pm

re: #4 Reality Check

Buh bye now.

11 Bob Dillon  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 12:26:46pm

re: #9 terraincognita

My time there from Sumatra to Irian Jaya and all in between was back in the 70s with 2 of those years in remote (no tourist allowed) areas. Exquisite. To read about this was devastatingly heart breaking.

12 Bob Dillon  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 12:32:06pm

re: #8 calochortus

EPA Rejects Palm-Oil Based Biodiesel for Renewable Fuels Program

The Environmental Protection Agency said that biodiesel made from palm oil doesn’t meet the requirements to be added to its renewable fuels program because its greenhouse-gas emissions are too high.

In a regulatory filing today, the EPA said that palm-oil biodiesel, which is primarily produced in countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia, provides reductions of as much as 17 percent in greenhouse-gas emissions compared to traditional diesel fuel, falling short of a 20 percent reduction necessary to qualify under the law.

By failing to meet that threshold, oil companies can’t use palm fuels to meet national renewable fuel standards. Other fuels they can use are made from soy beans, animal fat, recycled cooking grease or similar materials.

“Our goal is to continue to diversify the already strong portfolio of biodiesel feed stocks in the future, but we respect the EPA’s review process and will move forward accordingly,” Ben Evans, a spokesman for the National Biodiesel Board, said in an e-mail.

Environmental groups, which are locked in a fight with the EPA over its approval of corn-based ethanol under the same program, praised the decision as an important marker by the agency. Palm-oil production has led to the deforestation of 6.5 million hectares (16.1 million acres) in Malaysia and Indonesia, according to Friends of the Earth.

“A fuel that relies on deforestation for production is not a sustainable fuel at all,” Michael Rosenoer, biofuels campaign organizer for the group in Washington, said in a blog post today.

13 b_sharp  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 3:43:43pm

Who owns the palm oil companies that offer money for the bodies of our dead relatives?
Follow the money and then hit them where it hurts.

14 calochortus  Sat, Jan 28, 2012 4:01:00pm

re: #12 Bobibutu

Good to know!

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