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Jakarta Post

Your letters: The year of the Orangutan

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, September 7 2012   /  07:44 am

With the population of orangutans continuing to plummet at a rate of between 1,000 and 2,500 a year, the need for more urgent action is clear. A coalition of three campaign groups plans to make 2013 the year when the killing has to stop: Centre for Orangutan Protection (Indonesia), Friends of the Orangutans (Malaysia), Nature Alert (Rest of the World)

Plans are underway to draw attention to the primary cause of the decimation of species like the orangutan: namely the palm oil industry.

The present population of orangutan is thought to be 50,000 to 60,000. The species will freefall to extinction in the next two decades.

We must not and we will not sit around watching this magnificent species be slaughtered by the rapid spread of palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. We must save the orangutan and to do this we need to save its habitat.