Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem is called the “Orangutan Capital of the World” – which makes the fact that the rainforest across both Borneo and Sumatra has declined by over 80 percent in just the past two decades even more shocking. But it is not only orangutans who call these stretches of land home – the Leuser Ecosystem contains critical elephant habitat, and sadly it is is now being cleared by palm oil company PT.

According to a field investigation conducted by Rainforest Action Network (RAN), the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem is being driven by global brands sourcing Conflict Palm Oil from the biggest palm oil buyers in the region. The organization found that, despite its “No Deforestation” commitment, palm oil trader Wilmar continues to ship the oil to such brands as PepsiCo, Nestlé, Unilever, Mars, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, and Procter & Gamble.


The endangered Sumatran elephants stand no chance of winning against this mass-scale destruction of their critical habitat and some of the world’s most important forests. The deadly deforestation is linked to a number of products we may buy on a daily basis. But RAN asks: “So what’s more important – elephants, or french fries?”

Click here to send a message to the brands dealing with Conflict Palm Oil to “put elephants over earning a quick buck” and take a stand against the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.

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