- Posted October 29, 2012 by
New York City, New York
- The Rainforest Action Network sells out again…on palm oil!
- The Nobel Peace Prize to the EU made trite by the EC!
- RAN joins the ranks of doomsayers and cranks on palm oil: Disproven and Debunked
- RAN starts to limbo lower now in their attacks on Palm Oil
- Palm oil for poverty eradication in the Philippines
Palm oil and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s self deception
However, when I contemplate on the actions of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on palm oil, rather than being paternalistic is in fact motivated by bad faith, greed and sell-out! Professing to have the interests of the friendly apes, the orangutan at heart, which is ironical considering that the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is probably the most brazen exploiters of the animal in the world, the zoo has mounted itinerant anti-palm oil campaigns, designed so they say, to draw attention to the plight of the apes. In our view, rather than subject the poor tropical animals to the harsh winter of Colorado Springs, they should set the orange haired tropical beasts back into their natural habitat in the Borneo jungles of Indonesia!
However, the real motive for the zoos sudden interest in palm olil and orangutans can be evinced with a cursory study of their 2011/2012 Annual Audit Report. Interestingly, the intensity of the zoos anti-palm oil drive coincided with a sudden influx of funds parked under its “Cash contributions restricted for long-term purposes” column to the tune of US$ 5,553,990 in 2012 from US$2,934,429 in 2011!
This may not appear alarming until you juxtapose this against the startling revelations of Italian civil libertarian group, Libertiamo on this sordid palm oil affair. In a study called “Taxpayer Funding, NGO Collusion and Manufactured Crises: A Case Study of Malaysia and Palm Oil, Libertiamo finally blew wide open the moral porosity afflicting the European Commission (EC) when they revealed that these palm oil campaigns are "funded by the Office of the Environment Directorate of the EC, ostensibly to improve environmental practices in developing countries". In reality, the millions poured into these palm oil campaigns, noted Libertiamo, were designed to protect the EU's indigenous edible oilseed industries like rapeseed and sunflower which are hapless and unable to compete with the hyper yielding palm oil! To make matters worse, the EC is aware that the anti-palm oil campaigns, conducted by surrogate green groups, are based on "manufactured and false evidence"!
Now the dirty fingerprints of the EC are all over the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo plus other zoos around Europe such as the Association of European Zoos) and Australasian zoos such as the Melbourne Zoo and Auckland Zoo. These zoos appear not to have minded acting as a surrogate for the EC to carry out the EC’s dirt war on palm oil!
If the zoo administrators have any conscience at all, they should take into account the fact that a staggering 40% of global palm oil production is produced by smallholders, most of whom had come into palm oil cultivation by participating in government funded rural poverty eradication programs such as FELDA!
These smallholders have nothing to do with deforestation and orangutans. In fact, the orangutan did not even exist in Peninsula Malaysia where most of these smallholders are located. Palm oil raises incomes for small farmers in Africa and Asia; and it lowers prices for consumers all over the world in view of its inherent hyper yielding nature.
Perhaps this single fact alone should clue in the objective observer that something’s not quite kosher with these palm oil campaigns, including that of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!
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