This week I’ve seen and read so many hideous and disturbing things about our treatment of animals!
- Maximum tolerated dose
- The Cove
- Faroe Islands dolphin slaughter
- Orangutan habitat distruction and massacre .
I already knew that a lot of this was going on, and that is the main reason I’ve been vegetarian for almost 20 years, but tonight, one awful image of a bloodied and beaten orangutan made me take a closer look into palm oil production.
The only way we are going to save these animals is if we make sure that palm oil production is unprofitable.
We just have to stop buying products that contain palm oil!
Unfortunately, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because Australian manufacturers aren’t required to label palm oil as “palm oil”.
Traps to look out for:
1. Fuzzy labelling
As manufacturers aren’t required to label palm oil as “palm oil” – they use other names so we don’t know it’s there. Familiar names like:
- Vegetable oil
- Sodium laureth sulfate
- Glyceryl Stearate
- Get a detailed list.
2. “Sustainable” palm oil
Apparently “sustainable” palm oil can’t necessarily be trusted either, so it’s best to avoid it altogether, if you can.
3. Vegan and “not tested on animals” products
Watch out – Some vegan and “not tested on animals” products I’ve been using actually contain palm oil, so read labels carefully.
Here are 7 ways we can detect and avoid palm oil.
Don’t let them trick you. Look at these examples of palm oil labelling.
What should we buy/avoid?
Check out these product lists:
- Products containing palm oil, products that are palm-oil free, and products that are moving to sustainable palm oil.
- Palm oil free alternatives.
- Get an app – the Shop Ethical app is available for iPhone/iPod/Android, so you have the information with you while you’re shopping without carting sheets of paper around.
What else can we do?
Depending on your views about zoos and Valentine’s Day, here are some ideas (I take no responsibility for them though!):
Join the Melbourne Zoo’s “Don’t palm us off” campaign
Adopt an orangutan for Valentine’s Day…or just because…
Find out more about palm oil
(In no particular order.)