Orangutans: they are on the verge of extinction. All this for palm oil …

We had already done an article on palm oil and its consequences: Here’s why you should avoid palm oil like the plague but today the new report of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature is ringing the bell alarm.

According to them, orangutans and whale sharks are in “critical danger”. These two protected species are victims of the illegal trade of animals, but not only, these two animals are victims of intensive fishing and agriculture.

Maybe you do not know, but orangutans share 97% of our DNA and are some of the biggest monkeys in Asia.

The primary cause of this extinction is the destruction – by Man – of its natural habitat. These monkeys live mostly in forests that are razed to the benefit of the creation of palm oil fields.

Last year, this primate had already been classified as endangered, but according to new calculations, there will be only 47,000 left by 2025 (against 288,500 in 1975). In addition, 2,000 to 3,000 orangutans would be killed each year to fuel the illegal wildlife trade.

Fleeing the fire, attacked by the men, these orangutans were finally saved

HERIBERTUS / INTERNATIONAL ANIMAL RESCUE / AFP

Extinction of whale sharks

Jane Smart, director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), was also alarmed by the disappearance of whale sharks which “has more than halved in seventy-five years”. In question, fishing, which is still allowed in China but also in Oman.

Moreover, since this species often swims with tuna, it is caught in the nets of fishermen. The Director of IUCN recalled that

“This update of the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species emphasizes that the international community must act strategically to preserve our biodiversity. Forests and oceans will continue to provide us with food and other benefits only if we preserve it and allow it to regenerate. “

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