NOV 16, 2018 9:02 AM PST

An orangutan's anti-palm oil plea

A recently released TV advertisement highlights one company’s attempt to bring into the light the palm oil crisis. Iceland, a UK grocery store, published its Christmas ad called “Rang-tan,” but Clearcast, the British organization which reviews and approves British TV advertising, said the ad violates a rule established by the 2003 Communications Act that bans political advertising from ads.

The animated short film shows an orangutan swinging around in a young girl’s bedroom; the girl soon discovers that the orangutan’s home and family have been destroyed by palm oil plantations. Palm oil is a vegetable oil that’s found in roughly half of all packaged products sold in supermarkets. The palm oil industry has been responsible for extreme devastation throughout the world, but particularly in Indonesia, where orangutans are classified as “critically endangered”.

The ad encourages people to have “a Christmas without palm oil” and to reach out to their local stores to demand bans on the sale of products with palm oil.

About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
APR 01, 2020
Cardiology
APR 01, 2020
Avoiding Caries in Children
Thankfully, children are free of many of the chronic diseases that plague older populations. That said, one of the most ...
APR 01, 2020
Health & Medicine
APR 01, 2020
Saliva Test can Measure THC Levels in Impaired Drivers
Now that cannabis products are legal in many states across the U.S., law officials need a quick and reliable way to test ...
MAY 10, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 10, 2020
What Exactly Are Star Clusters?
When you think of stellar systems, you might be inclined to think of a system like our own with just one star, or perhap ...
MAY 10, 2020
Plants & Animals
MAY 10, 2020
Penguins Have a Rough Time Combating Larger Predators
Humboldt penguins are small and easy prey for larger predators, and with that in mind, it may not come as much of a surp ...
MAY 27, 2020
Chemistry & Physics
MAY 27, 2020
Light-Bearing Ether: How a Historical Null Result Revolutionized Modern Physics
Ether (or aether) is a term used in ancient mythology and medieval science to denote the matter that fills in the void o ...
MAY 30, 2020
Space & Astronomy
MAY 30, 2020
SpaceX Crewed Demo-2 Mission Lofts Astronauts to Space From U.S. Soil
Following a cancelled rocket launch opportunity this past Wednesday due to unfavorable weather conditions, SpaceX and NA ...
Loading Comments...