Treasure Island

Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

An Orangutan's Plea


I'd just like to say, "Please,
Will you leave us our trees.
They make a beautiful home,
And we'd rather not roam.
I don't like this palm oil,
That keeps taking forest soil.
It would be best for our health,
If you put it back on the shelf.
Then tell everyone why,
You did not buy."

Submitted: Friday, August 15, 2014

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Over 50% of supermarket products contain palm oil, often labelled as vegetable oil. Slash and burn techniques have been used to clear vast areas of rainforest in Indonesia and Malaysia to plant palm oil tree plantations.

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