February 5, 2015
Contact: LeAnn Fox, Palm Oil Consumer Action
Phone number: (206) 547-2017
Websites: http://www.palmoilconsumers.com/ https://www.facebook.com/lists/10151654128432818
Slaughter of Endangered Orangutans Continues
10,000 Have Signed Petition Calling for Indonesian Government to Investigate
'Makin Group' for Horrific Orangutan Killings
CENTRAL KALIMANTAN, Indonesia – The wholesale slaughter of orangutans continues here, and now an international consumer organization is reporting more than 10,000 people worldwide have signed a petition calling for the Indonesian government to investigate a palm oil producer and prosecute those responsible for the horrific killing of an endangered orangutan in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia
The December 2014 killing, charged Palm Oil Consumer Action (POCA), is just one of a series of deaths and atrocities allegedly committed by Makin Group, whose palm oil division is reported to have a long history of killing endangered orangutans – one of the earth's last surviving great apes and one of man's closest relatives – and illegally destroying orangutan habitat.
POCA said the female orangutan was shot 40 times after being found on a palm oil plantation owned by a subsidiary of Makin Group. Both of her legs and arms were broken, a bone protruded through her skin, and one arm was decomposing with maggots. She died an agonizing death in spite of efforts by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) to save her. BOSF has rescued 166 orangutans from Makin Group's palm oil plantations .
This incident involving the Makin Group is not isolated, said POCA, noting that the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP), an Indonesian orangutan rescue organization, has issued several reports regarding this company. One report states that “At least 150 orangutans were rescued and 1000 killed when P.T.Makin cleared the forest in this area during 2003 – 2004."
Another report documented more than 200 orangutans in Central Kalimantan were rescued between 2003-2006 as a direct result of Makin Group. And, on July 24, 2011 a buried orangutan with a severed arm was documented by COP on a plantation owned by Makin Group in East Kalimantan. Two employees of a subsidiary of Makin Group were put on trial after being found with a baby orangutan believed to have been taken from the buried orangutan.
Although threatened with extinction, orangutans have been killed by palm oil companies for years. In 2012, an orangutan was shot 100 times by palm oil workers. Palm oil companies have paid their employees to kill orangutans, and in 2014 an orangutan was found to have been burned alive on a palm \oil plantation. These are but a few of many documented killing of orangutans by palm oil companies
"We urge the government to investigate Makin Group and to take effective action to enforce Indonesian law protecting the world’s last remaining endangered orangutans," said LeAnn Fox, POCA spokesperson. "Evidence surrounding Makin Group and the destruction of endangered orangutans clearly warrants investigation and prosecution by the government. While Indonesia has laws protecting orangutans and their habitat, the government has historically failed to investigate and prosecute persons and companies involved in the killings of thousands of orangutans."