ORPHAN ORANGUTANS GET A NEW HOME – There is simply nothing more lifting to my soul than to start the day off with good news and this is certainly good news for any animal lover out there.
The Daily Mail has been running a campaign to raise money from its readers in order to fund the building on an Orangutan Sanctuary so that orphaned Orangutans can be saved from the daily slaughter in Borneo due to on-going excessive logging of their natural habitat; simply to fuel the greed of a few.
Again, this is great news, but also one of deep sadness and one where it leaves me asking; ‘where is our humanity’.
So often we humans like to think of ourselves as the advanced species with morals that compel us to care for others; including those in the animal kingdom.
Unfortunately no matter where you go in the world there are always those who will engage in the most despicable acts in the name of financial gain. We like to blame money, but money is NOT the roots of all evil, people are. We have a conscious choice of what we do and in so many cases our greed overrides our sense of right and wrong but that doesn’t mean we have to act on this impulse of greed.
If there is indeed a God then you can thank him or her that there are predominately more good people in the world then there are bad. On that note the good really do need to rally together and if timber from Borneo simply wasn’t purchased for the construction of your furniture and other items then there would be no money in destroying the Orangutans habitat.
Next time you buy timber, ask where it comes from and ensure it doesn’t come from a source that is destroying our natural habitat. Note that I said OUR natural habitat because without the rain forests we wouldn’t have fresh air to breathe – our greed is literally fueling our ultimate demise.
The sanctuary has been set up in the middle of Borneo’s lush rain forest jungle and therefore the Orangutan’s are allow roaming free and living as they would in any other part of the rain forest.
Orangutans are generally easy to kill by the poachers as they are often inquisitive and trusting of man. It is this trust and inquisitiveness that has resulted is the mass slaughter of these harmless and gentle creatures.
Orangutans are one of the world’s most endangered species and as the Daily Mail pointed out most of these babies would have ended up dead or used as pets that are mostly abused by their owners. It really does make you wonder how on earth any human being could be so despicable.
I for one will ensure that I don’t visit Indonesia as a tourist; I will also make sure that any timber products I buy do not come from Indonesia and in fact if anything is made in Indonesia I won’t buy it. I simply refuse to give anything to a country that condones and carries out such a despicable act against something so beautiful, so precious and so harmless.
“For every baby orangutan at the centre, a mother orangutan has died, not to mention all the males that must also have been killed.” Alan Knight, the chief executive of IAR
During the rampant logging process the adult Orangutans are shot and killed. The babies are then captured and sold in the black-market pet trade and they do fetch a high price. Once in captivity they are often chained, beaten and starved by their owner and very few ever to survive to adulthood.
Excerpt Daily Mail
Land in Southeast Asia is cheap, by Western standards. One island for six orangutans would cost about £12,000 — but running costs are much higher, an estimated £50,000 a year.
The work is vital. Thanks to the destruction of their rainforest habitat by timber companies and palm oil growers, as well as the cruel pet trade, orangutan numbers have plummeted from 315,000 in 1990 to fewer than 50,000 today.
Without urgent action, orangutans could soon be extinct in the wild.
And joyous scenes like this will be nothing but painful reminders that with a little determination we could have done much more to save them.
Since the Daily Mail published an article on the plight of the Orangutans two years ago, it has raised, through its readers, over £500,000 which has allowed the International Animal Rescue charity (IAR) to build the sanctuary on 64 acres in Sungai Awan, in Indonesia