T is for Tiger
I have posted this picture before – but not the blog.
Sumatran tigers are critically endangered. They live in the same forests as Sumatran orangutans, also critically endangered. 80% of the forests they live in have been cut down. There are only 400 of these tigers left.
They are particularly interesting as they have some markers that show that they are genetically different from tigers on the mainland.
Not only is their forest being cut down for palm oil production, poaching is still at high levels, to feed the desire in Asian countries for tiger parts for medicines etc.
Palm oil is a cheap filler used in animal foods and also extraordinary numbers of supermarket products. EIGHT out of TEN products in UK supermarkets (and probably all supermarkets all over the world) contain palm oil, including things like Kitkats and washing powder. A report in the Independent newspaper stated that it’s in the top three loaves, most biscuits including McVities, Cadbury’s dairy milk chocolate, many cereals, Utterly Butterly and many other spreads…
All of us are contributing to the loss of forest that is killing tigers, orangutans and all the creatures that live there.
Customers have a huge power to change. Ask questions. Email manufacturers demanding that they use sustainable oils in their products – it is often hidden under the term ‘vegetable oil’ in the list of ingredients. If ‘vegetable oil’ is listed and it doesn’t say which oil in particular ask the manufacturer what they use. Let them know you care.
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