June 21 - 29 is Animal Rights Awareness Week.

Each day I am going to post information on different animal welfare issues worldwide in the hopes that we can all help educate each other, and do our best to stop these acts from happening.

1. Ape deforestation and prostitution. Yes, that’s right - APE PROSTITUTION.

Meet Pony. She is an orangutan from a small village in Borneo, where they cut down the rain forest to render the palm oil that gets sold abroad and made into lip salve, ice cream, chocolates, and cheese crackers.

Michelle Desilets [Director of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation]: “Pony is an orangutan from a prostitute village in Borneo. We found her chained to a wall, lying on a mattress. She had been shaved all over her body.

If a man walked near her, she would turn herself around, present herself, and start gyrating and going through the motions. She was being used as a sex slave. She was probably about six or seven years old when we rescued her, but she had been held captive by a madame for a long time. The madame refused to give up the animal because everyone loved Pony and she was a big part of their income.

 The clients would come in especially for it. You could choose a human if you preferred, but it was a novelty for many of the men to have sex with an orangutan. They shaved her every other day, which meant that her skin had all these pimples and was very irritated. The mosquitoes would get to her very badly and the bites would become septic and be very infected, as she would scratch them constantly. They would put rings and necklaces on her. She was absolutely hideous to look at.

It took us over a year to rescue her, because every time we went in with forest police and local officers we would be overpowered by the villagers, who simply would not give her up. They would threaten us with guns and knives with poison on them. In the end it took 35 policemen armed with AK-47s and other weaponry going in there and demanding that they hand over Pony. It was filmed by a local television crew and in the background of the film when we are unchaining Pony you can hear the madame crying hysterically, screaming, “They are taking my baby, you can’t do this!” There is no law enforcement in Indonesia so these people didn’t face any sentence or anything for what they had done.”

http://www.orangutans.com.au/ - An Australian company who dedicate their time to adopting, saving, rehabilitating and nurturing orphans and abused apes. On their site YOU can make a donation. you can also adopt an ape. Anything we, the public, can do to make a difference - no matter how small… is worth it.

PALM OIL.

Palm oilcoconut oil and palm kernel oil are edible plant oils derived from the fruits of palm trees.

The use of palm oil in food products is often the focus of environmental activist groups, due to it being documented as a cause of substantial and often irreversible damage to the natural environment.

Its impacts include: deforestation, habitat loss of critically endangered species such as the Orangutan and Sumatran Tiger, and a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

Statistically, Palm Oil costs the lives of 50 Orangutans every week.

Some companies that use Palm Oil: Cadbury, Bird’s Eye, Nestle, Kelloggs, McVities, Magnum, Mars, Wrigleys “Extra”, Flora, Haribo.

For more information on Palm Oil and what YOU can do, please go to: http://www.palmoilaction.org.au

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