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This news is for the orangutans! Recently, a ground-breaking precedent was set in an Indonesian court when a judge fined a palm oil company $30 million for destroying protected peat forest — a place orangutans call home.

In the Meulaboh district court, it was ruled that the palm oil company PT Kallista Alam was guilty of violating environmental law by illegally burning and clearing forest within Tripa peat swamp, a protected forest in northwestern Sumatra. Out of the $30 million that the judge fined Kallista Alam, $9.4 million is for compensation and the other $20.6 million is for the restoration of the damaged areas.

Along with this fine, Indonesia will now fully enforce a nationwide moratorium on new plantations in rain forests and peatlands, which was just extended another two years back in June 2013. The overall goal of the moratorium is to reduce deforestation and also to establish a complete map of the forested areas, which can then be used for future planning.

With both of these fantastic victories, hopefully the forest will begin to recover and become a safe haven for endangered orangutans once again.

And while these two moves won’t solve all the problems associated with the palm oil industry or even save all the orangutans, the Indonesian court still deserves a round of applause for saying no to the industry and finally standing up for the environment. If the orangutans knew what went on in court rooms, I’m sure they would smile at the news!

 Image Source: Wikimedia Commons



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15 comments on “Ground Breaking Court Decision Makes Palm Oil Company Pay $30 Million and Orangutans Smile”

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Thia Major
2 Years Ago

what they are laughing about is the fact that you believe they will see any help from fines.


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Nancy Or
2 Years Ago

what cute babies


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Susan Hazelwood Hensel
2 Years Ago

This is why we should not import oil,we should be drilling ourselves,we have plenty of laws here to protect the environment against destruction.


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Joy Lincke
2 Years Ago

Yay!


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Carol Bradley-powell
2 Years Ago

A bought time.


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Giselle Mehta
2 Years Ago

Heartening! Hope the precedent is widely followed


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Magdika Cecilia Pérez
2 Years Ago

yes .... finally true justice ... making big business pay for their corruption and selfish deadly ways


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Marcia Cash
2 Years Ago

I would adopt one, and a sloth, too.


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Angela Cancilla Herschel
2 Years Ago

Bravo!


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Willie Connolly- Enos
2 Years Ago

I buy NOTHING that contains palm oil.


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Andrea Fontenot Hegland
11 Jan 2014

Palm oil is showing up in everything! I need to do a better job of avoiding it - and I'm vegan! It's even sold at our food co-op.

Willie Connolly- Enos
11 Jan 2014

Yep. I read all labels. It is everywhere even in Natural peanut butters.



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