Target: Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Goal: Enforce harsher punishment in Indonesia for killing orangutans
In an awe-inspiring turn of events, an orangutan that had been shot with a pellet gun over 100 times is expected to survive. The primate, named ‘Aan,’ was found on a palm oil plantation with 37 shots in her head, and the rest covering her entire body. She is still in a critical state, but is expected to pull through. She has lost one of her eyes, will most likely lose sight in the other eye, has extensive lung and some hearing damage; she will probably never return to the wild.
In the past decade, the orangutan population has diminished at an alarming rate; it has been reduced by 50 percent. Already an endangered species, they are nearing extinction because of the destruction of their habitat caused by the creation of palm oil plantations and the harsh treatment of plantation workers. Experts believe there are only a mere 50,000- 60,000 orangutan species left on the Earth.
Indonesia is one of the largest produces of palm oil in the world. Seeing orangutans as pests, many owners of these palm oil plantations justify killing or beating them.
While there have been some instances of beating or killing orangutans that have resulted in a few months of jail time, this is not properly sending the message. In one case, plantation workers chased down orangutans with dogs before shooting, stabbing, and hacking them to death with machetes. Some plantation owners are even offering rewards for every orangutan killed.
This is no way to treat any living animal. We are infringing on their territory, and orangutans should not be punished for trying to survive. Sign the petition to call for harsher punishment for the mistreatment of orangutans in Indonesia.
Dear Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
The punishment for harming an endangered orangutan is too lax. Plantation owners feel they are justified in ordering them beaten or killed because they are seen as a pest, when in fact it is the plantations that are a pest to the orangutans. Plantations are taking over the already diminishing habitat of the orangutan.
This is an example of animal cruelty at its worst. Although there have been some cases resulting in jail time for killing and beating orangutans, the number of occurrences that go unpunished is staggering. These poor orangutans are close to extinction. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. There must be harsher consequences for harming or killing orangutans. Plantation workers, and everyone for that matter, need to be held accountable and understand that under no circumstances should the orangutan or any endangered animal for that matter, be beaten or killed.
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