Friday, February 19, 2010

Chocolate Can Kill!

"If you knew that, by buying your favourite chocolate bar, you were contributing to the extinction of the orangutan, would you still treat yourself....?"

So begins the introduction on the BBC's Panorama website...
Panorama - "Dying for a biscuit" airs

22nd February 8.30pm on BBC1.

For so many, and being so far removed from the devastation, it is difficult for us on this side of the world to readily grasp the impact our lifestyles are having on the rainforests of the world.

We hope on Monday evening, Panorama will bring home to millions of people, how critical the situation is for the Orangutan. But not just the Orangutans. The rainforest is the most diverse ecosystem in the world. Hundreds of species of flora and fauna call it home. A home that is disappearing at an alarming rate.

But with your help, through donations towards our rescue, rehabilitation and release programmes, adopting an orphan and raising awareness, organisations like Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation continue to work round-the-clock to turn the tide in favour of the Orangutans and the rainforests.

Lone Droscher-Nielsen and her team of vets, babysitters and technicians - all local people - will do whatever it takes to ensure the future of the apes in our world.

You can do your bit by forwarding this email to family and friends, or just asking people to watch and learn.

Panorama introduces a stark reality. Whether or not we are prepared to face it and find the solution, is another matter.

Find out more here.

Help the Orangutans. Raise awareness.

Please pass this message onto family and friends.
Watch the video and weep - I did!


  1. Hi Peter,
    Thanks for posting about Panorama. The episode will be featuring the orangutan rescue transit center in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, which is being managed by International Animal Rescue (IAR). The head vet is Karmele Llano Sanchez.

    Orangutan Outreach has partnered up with IAR to help promote and fundraise for the center-- as well as a larger, more permanent space to also be built in West Kalimantan.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you and all your readers to Monti, the newest baby in the Orangutan Outreach Adoption Program. She lives at the new center along with about a dozen other orangutans. Monti is the youngest of the group. In coming days and weeks, we will be adding lots of info on the center, its residents & staff and the dire situation in the region.

    People can adopt Monti on the Orangutan Outreach website:

    Thanks for your support! Rich {:(|}

    Reach out and save the orangutans!

  2. Great info...never looked at it this way!