My friend is having a potluck vegan eggnog party next weekend, and I plan to make this recipe :D
A four-month-old Orangutan is recovering after having the tips of his fingers hacked off, allegedly during forest clearances for a new oil palm plantation in Indonesian Borneo.
Sura, who was discovered by a resident of the Tumbang Koling village in East Kotawaringin Regency, is being nursed back to health by specialists at the Nyaru Menteng Rescue centre.
Vets carried out a full health check and discovered three of his fingers had been severed by either a knife or machete.
Sura now needs to be cared for by a full-time babysitter.
British charity Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation is helping fund the centre and Sura’s care.
It is the latest scandal to emerge in the controversy over deforestation as companies plough through Indonesia’s wildlife to build oil plantations.
The sweep has caused a rapid decline in the orangutan population.
Environmentalists fear they have years of work ahead of them in educating remote villages about the need to protect, not capture or kill, these animals whose numbers are falling dramatically.
About 100 years ago it was thought there were 315,000 orangutans in the wild but today there are less than 54,000 in Borneo and only around 6,000 on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
As manufacturers look for places to cultivate oil for soaps and perfumes, the primates’ natural habits are being ploughed by bulldozers.
And now homeless, many have been captured by local villagers, abused, and used for entertainment.
Last month, International Animal Rescue saved an orangutan from Tempurkan, which had no food or water and was being forced to dance and fight with humans.
Alerted by a villager, the charity found Ael - which means ‘Saint’ - sedated her and then moved her to a rescue centre. She will be released into the wild when a safe area in the forest can be found for her.
Meanwhile, the villagers have been told that catching and keeping an orangutan is against the law in Indonesia.
OMG this poor innocent baby. Western states need to stop buying palm oil. Save the orangutans & boycott palm oil!
“The Nonhuman Rights Project, led by Steven M. Wise, filed papers on Monday in State Supreme Court in Fulton County, N.Y., demanding that courts in New York recognize a chimpanzee known as Tommy as a legal person, with a limited right to liberty. The petition asks the court to remove him from his owners and place him in a sanctuary.
Tommy is a privately owned chimp in Gloversville that the group says “is being held captive in a cage in a shed at a used-trailer lot.” The group said it intended to file suit later this week on behalf of three more chimps in New York, also demanding their freedom.”
Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.
Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.
“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.
“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”
“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.
So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?
“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
it’s hard enough for black girls to feel beautiful without those in authority sending the message that their hair is unacceptable. this story is disgusting and unfortunately not the first or last case. it’s a damn shame that every part of a black girl’s body is politicized, at all ages
this is so stupid …
I’m so proud of her mother.
I signed the petition. I called the school and left a message. I am not playing. And yall shouldn’t either. SIGN IT HERE!
"Things Asians Hate," by Eliot Chang.
This is terrible AND WONDERFUL.
And funny. Just watch.
Around 100 African elephants are being slaughtered daily as a result of the demand for ivory. How educating the public has made a difference: