Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Problem with Palm Oil: Palm oil companies [The Problem with Palm Oil]: Palm oil companies

The "Dirty 19"

Be on the lookout for the following brands! Many of their products contain palm oil. Just be sure to check the label and look for "palm oil", "palm kernel oil", "palm fruit oil" or "palmitate". Then you’ll know they contain rainforest destruction!

Bath and Body Works
Campbell Soup Company
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
Elizabeth Arden, Inc.
General Mills
Nabisco, Inc.
Odwalla (parent company: Coca Cola)
Pepperidge Farm
PepsiCo. (Frito Lay)
Proctor and Gamble
The Dial Corporation

The Big List: Over 300 companies

Still going strong? There are plenty more where that came from. Here is every company that you found selling products that contain palm oil. Once you're out of stickers, why not send them a letter asking them to stop?

Abbott Laboratories
Abella Skin Care Inc.
Abkit Inc.
ABRA Therapeutics
Alaffia Sustainable Products
Alberto-Culver Inc.
Aldi Inc.
Alison Raffaele Cosmetics Inc.
Alternative Baking Company Inc.
American International Industries
American Safety Razor Company
Anna's of North America Calgary Ltd.
Anthony Logistics For Men
Arbonne International, LLC
Arico Natural Foods Company
Aroma 1
Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
Aubrey Organics
August Storck
Aunt Nettie's Kitchen
Avalon Natural Products
Aveda Corp.
Avon Products Inc.
B.F. Asher and Company Inc.
Babor Cosmetics
Balance Bar Company
Barilla America Inc.
Barilla Pasta
Bath and Body Works
Bath by Bettijo, LLC
Beauty Without Cruelty
Belgium's Best Chocolates
Bellisio Foods Inc.
Ben and Jerry's Homemade Holdings
Best Bath Store
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Blue Diamond Growers
Bobo's Oat Bars
Bourjois Ltd.
Brown Butterfly
Bulgari Parfums USA
Burt's Bees Inc.
California Baby
Campbell Soup Company
Canbra Foods
Canus Goat's Milk
Cargo Cosmetics Corp.
Carl Brandt Inc.
Carol Cole Company
Caudalie USA
CBI Laboratories
Challenge Dairy Products Inc
Clif Bar
Clover Stornetta Farms
Combe Inc.
ConAgra Foods
Continental Mills Inc.
Cosmetic Dermatology -Dr. Brandt Skincare
Coty Inc.
CVS Caremark Corporation
Dansk Cookies Industri A/S
Dare Foods Ltd.
DermaQuest Skin Therapy
Dimpleskins Naturals
Donell Inc.
Dr. Brandt Skincare -Cosmetic Dermatology Inc.
Dr. Jeannette Graf
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream
E.T. Browne Drug
Earth Essentials
Earth Mama Angel Baby
Earth Therapeutics Ltd.
East Side Entrees
Ecco Bella Botanicals
Elegant Gourmet
Elizabeth Arden Inc.
Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd.
EO/ Small World Trading Company
Estee Lauder Inc.
Falic Group
Fallene, Ltd.
Far Away Foods
Fatboy – Caspers Ice Cream Company Inc.
Fernadale Laboratories
Frederic Fekkai and Co.
Frederick's of Hollywood
Fresh Body Care
Galaxy Nutritional Foods
Galderma Laboratories
Generall Mills
Genisoy Food Company
George Weston Bakeries -George Weston
Giant Food Stores
Giovanni Cosmetics
Gluten Free and Fabulous
Good Groceries Company
Good Health Natural Products
Gottena Keks -Und Waffelfabrik GmbH & Co.
Goya Foods
Grandpa Brands Company
Green and Black's Chocolate Limited
Guittard Chocolate Co.
Gurwitch Products
Handcrafted by Jackie Turbot
Health Sciences Group
Helen of Troy LP
Hempz -PBI Group
Henkel AG and Company
Huish Detergents Inc.
Humphrey's Pharmacal Inc.
Immaculate Baking Company
Indigo Wild
Inka Crops Inc.
Inter-American Products
International Harvest
Internatural Foods LLC
Interstate Bakeries
J Strickland and Co.
James Richardson International Limited
Jan Marini Skin Research
Jaqua Beauty
Jasco Organics
Joey New York
Juice Beauty Inc.
June Jacobs Labs Inc.
Kamins Dermatologics
Kashi Company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Kiss My Face
Labrada Nutrition
Land O Lakes
Lavoie Skin Care
Lillie De Vallee, LLC
Lily of the Desert
Lindt and Sprungli
Living Naturally and Naturally Yours Grocery
Logona Natural Cosmetics Inc.
Lorac Cosmetics
Lumene Group
M.O. Industries
Malt O Meal
Marie Veronique Skin Care
Mars Incorporated
Mary Kay Inc.
McKee Foods Corporation
Michelle's Naturally
Modern Organic Products
MOM Enterprises Inc.
Mrs. Fields
Murray's Ice Cream and Cookies
Natural Directions
Natural Organics Inc.
Neostrata Company
Nestle USA
New World Pasta Co.
Newman's Own
NFI Consumer Products
Nissin Food Products
Nonnis Food Company
Not Soap, Radio
Now Foods
Nugo Nutrition
Nutrilicious Natural Bakery
Obagi Medical Products
Old London Foods Inc.
Olivio Premium Products
One With Nature
Oregon Ice Cream
Osmotics Corporation
Pacific Foods of Oregon
Pamela's Products Inc.
Penn Herb Company Ltd.
Pepperidge Farm
Perfekt Beauty LLC
Perio Inc.
Peter Thomas Roth Labs
Pfizer Inc.
Physicians Choice of Arizona
Physicians Formula Cosmetics
Pierre Fabre USA
Plantlife Inc.
Procter and Gamble
Procyte Corporation
Promax Nutritional
Pure and Basic Products
Pure Life Products Soap Company
Rainbow Research Corporation
Reckitt Benckiser
Reviva Labs
Revlon Consumer Products
Rite Aid Corporation
Rocky Mountain Sunscreen
Rosemont Ventures Inc.
Royal Ahold NV
Santa Barbara Biscotti Company
SC Johnson
Schiff Nutrition Group
Schulze and Burch Biscuit Company
Serious Skincare Co.
Sexy Hair
Shady Maple Farm -Maple Syrup Producer's Cooperative
Shaklee Corporation
Shering-Plough Corporation
Shiseido Company, Limited
Signature Minerals
Simmer of Edinburgh Ltd.
Skyne Iceland, LLC
Smart Balance Inc.
Smashbox Cosmetics
Snyder's of Hanover
Sothys USA
Specially Foods Corporation
Spectrum Organic Products
Stella D'oro Biscuit Company
Sun Flour Baking Company
Sun Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Sunspire Foods -The Hain Celestial Group
Svenhard's Swedish Bakery
Table Talk Pies
Tanning Research Laboratories, Inc.
Tarte Cosmetics
Tastykake -Tasty Baking Company
Tea Naturals Skin Care
The Body Shop
The Bonne Bell Company
The Dial Corporation
The Hain Celestial Group
The J.M. Smucker Company
The Kala Corporation
The Kroger Company of Michigan
The Natural Dentist
The Quaker Oats Company
The Schwan Food Company
Think Products -Prime Health Dietary Supplements
Toms of Maine
Tootsie Roll Industries
Topix Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Total Skin Care
Two Square Meters LLC
U.P. Bathworks
U.S. Mills, LLC
Ulta Beauty
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International
Ventura Foods
Victoria's Secret
Vogue International Inc.
Walgreens Co.
Wells' Dairy
Westsoy/Westbrae Natural
White Wave
Wilma Schumann Skin Care
Worldwide Sports Nutritional Supplements
Zia Natural Skincare - The Hain Celestial Group

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Take Action: General Mills Palm Oil Causes Rainforest Destruction

Take Action: General Mills Palm Oil Causes Rainforest Destruction

General Mills uses palm oil from plantations that destroy huge tracts of rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

Palm oil is a common ingredient in General Mills brands and products, from Betty Crocker and Pillsbury to Nature Valley Granola Bars and Yogurt Burst Cheerios.

In the last five years, demand for palm oil by U.S. companies like General Mills has tripled, resulting in the clearing and burning of rainforests for palm oil plantations.

This has put Indigenous and forest-dependent people in jeopardy, as well as endangered species like orangutans, Sumatran tigers and elephants.

General Mills must commit to sourcing only socially and environmentally responsible palm oil. Send a letter to the CEO of General Mills, Mr. Kendall Powell and let him know you don't want rainforest destruction in the General Mills products you buy!

For more information, visit the

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Justice for Karley

Animal Legal Defense Fund
Update! On January 26, 2010, Glynn Johnson, a former L.A. County assistant fire chief, was found guilty of felony animal cruelty after he used a 12-pound rock to beat Karley, a mixed breed shepherd puppy, outside his Riverside, California home last year.

Karley’s injuries from the vicious attack were so severe that she had to be euthanized. Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8 and could serve up to four years in state prison.Why would a grown man, a leader in his community, purportedly beat a puppy so viciously that the dog would have to be euthanized?

The Toole family has been asking this question since November 2008, when a neighbor repeatedly punched their six-month-old puppy, Karley, and struck her in the head with a large rock, shattering her skull. Authorities have charged Karley’s alleged attacker, Glynn Johnson, with felony animal cruelty for an assault witnesses say was unprovoked. They testified in a pre-trial hearing that after the puppy had run across his yard, Johnson, an assistant fire chief with Los Angeles County, discovered neighbor Travis Staggs taking Karley to the Toole’s home on the other side of his own property in an unincorporated area of Riverside, Calif.

The defendant offered to walk Karley back to the Tooles himself, so Staggs turned the German shepherd mix over to him. “Then something in his head snapped and he started beating the dog,” Staggs told the court. He said that Johnson punched Karley with a closed fist about a dozen times and then beat her with an 11-inch rock, adding that he tried to stop the attack, but Johnson pushed him away. Staggs said Johnson finally stopped hitting Karley after her body went limp; she then managed to stumble to a nearby ravine.

The Toole’s teenage children, Brandon and Heather, rushed Karley to a veterinarian and later an animal intensive care unit, but her injuries were too extensive.

In addition to her skull being cracked in three places, Karley lost an eye and suffered a broken jaw, crushed nasal cavity and a collapsed ear canal. “I’ve never seen a dog come in with that level of head injury,” says Angela Howard, DVM, one of the veterinarians who treated Karley.  “I’ve seen pets who have been hit by cars and they were thrown by the car and suffered fractures to the nose or skull, but I’ve never seen a case where their head was that badly damaged.”


Toole says she was shocked to discover that the law considers animals to be property. “Animals are not chairs or tables,” she says. “They are living, breathing beings with feelings, and they are part of a family. Sadly, there is no civil law for the victims of animal cruelty in California.” She and her family are dedicated to changing that, not only to honor Karley’s memory, but to aid future victims of abuse.

Stephan Otto, ALDF’s legislative director, worked with the Tooles to draft “Karley’s Law,” a Civil Right of Action for Cruelty to an Animal, which will give parties whose animals are subjected to acts of cruelty the opportunity to bring a civil action against the perpetrator for the full range of their loss. The law won’t change an animal’s legal status as property, but if a plaintiff prevails, it will give courts the authority to order a judgment for all actual and reasonable damages proved, such as the monetary value of the animal, veterinary expenses, emotional distress, loss of companionship, court costs and attorney’s fees.

Karley’s Law will also provide punitive damages of at least $1,000 for every intentional act to which the animal was subjected, as well as give courts the authority to issue restraining orders and other injunctive relief as they deem warranted.

“As it stands now,” says Otto, “collecting an animal’s market value ― what it would cost to replace him or her — is generally all that’s available to plaintiffs in the state, so Karley’s Law would be a real step forward. It doesn’t guarantee any damages, but it will allow animal guardians their day in court to argue for the full extent of their loss.”...
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Tapped is a film that examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil.

The Great Squeeze: Surviving the Human Project

Life on planet Earth is at a crossroads, with multiple environmental crises bearing down upon us simultaneously: climate change, resource depletion, oil supply decline, ocean pollution, overpopulation, species extinction, and more. The Great Squeeze inventories and connects all of them, showing how short-sighted human behavior and decisions have resulted in a situation that threatens our lives and planet.

The film travels back in time to take us on a journey through history when past civilizations made the same mistakes -- growing too fast, depleting their natural resources and ultimately collapsing. The Anasazi society, the Mayan civilization and the Easter Island culture all provide graphic examples of peoples violating principles of sustainability and exceeding the carrying capacity of their environment. The veil of mystery surrounding the disappearance of these once-thriving cultures is peeled back to offer insights into our own modern social order seemingly bent on a similar path of self-destruction.

Instead of the usual band-aid approaches, The Great Squeeze challenges us to learn from history and transition towards a more sustainable economy that values our environment. By changing our levels of consumption, deploying new technologies, and reordering social priorities, we can still live well.

Renowned scientists, thinkers and authors, including Richard Heinberg, Edward O. Wilson, Lester Brown, Alexandra Cousteau, Jim White, Howard Kunstler and others, provide perspective and insights on our current state of affairs and how we can change course.

The Great Squeeze was selected for screening in Copenhagen during the UN Climate Change Conference, and at 14 film festivals around the world, where it won several awards, including Best Feature, Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pangolin rescued by Malaysia's Wildlife and National Parks Department

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One of 98 pangolins rescued by Malaysias Wildlife and National Parks Department following a raid on a house in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia in August 2009. The a...
One of 98 pangolins rescued by Malaysias Wildlife and National Parks Department following a raid on a house in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia in August 2009.

The animals were later released into a protected area. It is believed they were destined for export.

One man was arrested in connection with the case. If found guilty on all counts he has been charged with, he faces a maximum of 23 years in jail.

Pangolins in peril

AKA - 'scaly anteaters'

Southeast Asia's pangolins are being wiped out across the region, for their meat, skins and scales, used in traditional Chinese medicines.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Forest destruction by Sinar Mas undermines efforts to develop and promote greener palm oil

Forest destruction by Sinar Mas undermines efforts to develop and promote greener palm oil

An investigation commissioned by Unilever, the world's largest buyer of palm oil, confirms that Indonesian group Sinar Mas, the world's second largest producer of palm oil, has been destroying forests and peatlands despite committing to "greener" palm oil production as a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Unilever has now suspended its $32.6 million contract with Sinar Mas.

The findings of the investigation are a setback to RSPO, which has developed 'criteria' to ensure that palm oil production is less damaging to the environment.

But Greenpeace, the environmental group whose 2008 report linking Sinar Mas to deforestation spurred Unilever's investigation, says Unilever's decision could "could represent a defining moment for the palm oil industry."

"What we're seeing here is the world's larger buyer of palm oil using its financial muscle to sanction suppliers who are destroying rain forests and clearing peatlands," said Greenpeace director John Sauven in a statement.

"This has set a new standard for others to follow.

Companies that wish to be seen as environmentally responsible must immediately stop sourcing products from the Sinar Mas group."

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Angeli della foresta - home

Angeli della foresta - home             

                  SAVING ORAGNUTANS

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Ringling's Baby Elephants Tied Up and Electro-Shocked by Trainers |

Ringling's Baby Elephants Tied Up and Electro-Shocked by Trainers

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Label Palm Oil. Save the Orangutan. Save the Rainforest. Petition


Label Palm Oil. Save the Orangutan. Save the Rainforest. Petition

Region: GLOBAL

Target: Members of the European Parliament

Web site:

Background (Preamble):

The orangutan and its habitat are seriously at risk due to palm oil production - an ingredient in 10% of our supermarket products. As consumers, we cannot make informed and ethical choices on purchases as palm oil is not properly labeled.

Please sign this petition to ask the EU parliament to lead by example and to start to take some action. It is time to to action NOW - before it is too late. Please share this petition with your friends, family and colleagues and on your social networking sites.

Thank you.

Red Alert Orangutan Preservation Campaign

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Stop Logging Indonesian Rainforest and Endangered Orangutan Habitat Petition


Stop Logging Indonesian Rainforest and Endangered Orangutan Habitat Petition

A proposal for further forest clearing and destruction of over 33,600 ha of rainforest has recently been put forward by a joint venture company, Asia Pulp & Paper/Sinar Mas Group.

The Bukit Tigapuluh (“Thirty Hills”) ecosystem is located in Central Sumatra, Indonesia. This globally important ecosystem provides a safe haven for many species which are threatened by extinction or are extremely rare - including the critically endangered Sumatran orang-utan, tiger and elephant.

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                              BEAR FARMS IN KOREA - Save Bears!

There are more than 1600 bears in captivity (1400 of them are Asian Moon Bears- Moon Bears, with distinctive 'V' mark on their chest) in over 110 bear farms in Korea.

The Korean government is responsible for this as they started importing bears from North America and Japan for breeding and export in early 1980's.

Visits to 10 bear farms in 2004 by GreenKorea group, confirmed hygiene standards and the conditions of bears were both extremely poor.

Most of the bears were in small dog cages, fed with pig's food for cost cutting measure by bear farmers.

All bears showed signs of abnormal behaviour.

There are no regulations providing for any specific methods of slaughter, and there is a widespread belief that the bears are killed inhumanely.

Just imagine many bears waiting to be slaughtered for their gall bladder, feet and meat, crowded into small and filthy cages on daily basis.

Please sign this petiton to stop this horrible crime. We are aiming for 20,000 signatures to be the voice of all the farmed bears in the world. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Please visit for more information.


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