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Raja – The Innocent Elephant Held Captive By Angry Palm Oil Growers — Dies

July 1, 2013
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Stacey:

Palm oilers,
In cruelty and profit
You revel.
To those of us
In the kind world,
You are tools of
The devil.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Originally posted on gettingonmysoapbox:

Baby-Raja-Rotator

Photo credit: Ecologist Film Unit (Ulet Ifansasti) and/or Elephant Family: http://www.elephantfamily.org/

This is such a tragic, heartbreaking and maddening story. Weeks ago, the Ecologist Film Unit, accompanied by the NGO Elephant Family, was documenting the “environmental genocide” going on in Sumatra, that is, the disappearing rainforest in the (once) wilds of Aceh Province, Sumatra, and how that rainforest depletion is killing off all the great biodiversity and critically endangered species who inhabit it, like the Sumatran elephant. Apparently unplanned, the film crew stumbled on angry local villagers who were holding a baby wild elephant, nicknamed Raja (look at that adorable photo above), hostage for what comes naturally to an elephant when its forest habitat is depleted and it’s hungry — foraging for food, which destroyed the palm oil crops planted by these now-angry villagers. (Look, I get it that this is the villagers’ livelihood.)

Despite the NGO’s efforts to get the…

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    July 1, 2013 6:03 pm

    Palm oilers,
    In cruelty and profit
    You revel.
    To those of us
    In the kind world,
    You are tools of
    Thevdevil.

    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      July 1, 2013 6:04 pm

      Oops v get outta the last line

    • July 1, 2013 6:16 pm

      Perfect, as always … thank you.

      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        July 2, 2013 3:43 am

        and as always, you are so very welcome…and thank you☺♥☻

  2. c. ehlers permalink
    July 1, 2013 6:27 pm

    What a crying shame. May they get what they deserve.

    • July 1, 2013 6:33 pm

      I agree, this haunts me, that poor, innocent creature.

  3. c. ehlers permalink
    July 1, 2013 6:28 pm

    What a horrible, crying shame.

  4. dressel69@comcast.net permalink
    July 1, 2013 7:28 pm

    coudnt the film crew help save baby ?

    • July 2, 2013 10:54 am

      Good question, maybe it was a matter of no interference allowed – ? I cannot imagine how anyone could NOT intervene, though.

  5. CAROLLINA KORMANN RODRIGUES permalink
    July 2, 2013 6:01 am

    lamentável o ser humano!!

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