Target: Zoos South Australia CEO Elaine Bensted
Goal: Stop selling industrial ice cream containing destructive palm oil and support local creamery
The evils of palm oil are well known. Rampant deforestation, loss of habitat for endangered species like the orangutang and sumatran tiger, and burning down vegetation unleashing tons of carbon dioxide all make palm oil a dirty ingredient. So why do companies continue to use it? When given the choice of selling a product that contains palm oil or selling an equally delicious product that does not contain palm oil, the choice should be obvious, especially if you are a zoo that claims to support wildlife. Everyone loves a cold, creamy ice cream on a hot summer day, and if it is locally made by an environmentally responsible company, it tastes even sweeter. So why do Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo in Australia chose to sell ice cream with palm oil?
Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo had previously decided to sell only one brand of ice cream, which contains palm oil. After firm backlash from the public, they decided to also sell ice cream from a brand that does not use palm oil. Golden North is a locally sourced and produced ice cream that does not use palm oil. Instead of only selling this environmentally friendly brand, the zoos will also sell Streets ice cream, which is a multi-national, Unilever-owned company that still uses palm oil. Streets has claimed that by 2020 it will be using only sustainably sourced palm oil, but even so, the current “sustainable” practices for palm oil leave a lot to be desired. Read this earlier ForceChange petition for more information on dirty palm oil.
When given the option to choose locally manufactured, environmentally friendly ice cream, or a big business, environmentally taxing product, why choose to sell both and contribute to the destruction and death of endangered species? We must tell these zoos that we disapprove of their choice and urge them to make a change. Sign this petition to tell Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Zoo to sell only palm oil-free ice cream.
Dear Ms. Bensted,
You recently decided to sell both Streets and Golden North ice cream. While it is great to hear that you changed your mind about Golden North and have chosen to support their efforts, you decision to also sell Streets ice cream means that you are not actually acting in the best interest of the planet. Palm oil is an environmentally destructive product because of current sourcing practices. Even the so-called “sustainable” palm oil comes from dirty supply chains where unsustainably grown palm oil is mixed with (and later sold as) sustainable palm oil.
Golden North has removed palm oil from their entire line of ice cream. A choice to sell only their ice cream would be helping protect the environment. This is the action a caring zoo would do. I urge you to sell Golden North Ice Cream instead of palm oil-tainted ice cream from multi-nationally owned Streets Ice Cream. Do the right thing for your community and the planet.
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