Target: Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Goal: Protect orangutans from the threats of human cruelty and hunting in Malaysia.
An orphaned, 18-month-old orangutan named Didik was rescued by the charity organization International Animal Rescue after being found with a bullet lodged in his shoulder. The tiny ape was traumatized after also witnessing the death of his mother in Malaysia on the island of Borneo.
Didik was taken care of by a local man for three days before being given to the charity organization for better medical treatment. He is currently being treated for an eye infection and a fungal skin condition after his traumatizing incident. Didik is being cared for, but the loss of his mother cannot be undone, and has undoubtedly affected the developing ape.
While his mother cannot be brought back, further tragedies of this kind can be prevented by stronger protection from the government of Malaysia. Increased protections and higher penalties for cruelty such as that which killed Didik’s mother can prevent these incidents from happening again. Please sign the petition below to demand that Malaysia recognize the threats to its threatened orangutan population and prevent these tragedies from occurring again.
Dear Minister Wan Junaidi,
The injury of a young orangutan named Didik and the death of his mother are only the latest developments in a long history of threats to the Malaysian orangutan population on Borneo.
Incidents of such cruelty must be taken seriously and stronger efforts taken to prevent them from occurring in the future. The threatened population is at risk from human activity including deforestation, palm oil plantations, and hunting, which took the life of Didik’s mother. At the current rate of loss, the orangutan may be extinct in the wild within 25 years if further measures are not taken to protect this vulnerable species.
I am urging you to tackle the threats to this population by enacting new protections for the species. Please enforce stricter punishments for cruel and illegal actions that threaten the life and health of members of this threatened species.
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Photo Credit: Tony Hisgett