The destruction of rainforest in South East Asia for conversion to palm oil plantations (to make our chocolate) is causing the loss of wild animals like tigers and orangutans.
With Easter approaching, the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand has published a list of palm-oil free chocolate goodies that can be eaten at Easter without any contribution to the ongoing loss of wild animals.
They say food products like Lindt chocolate bunnies are free of palm oil, and therefore acceptable to eat.
There are only about 400 wild Sumatran tigers left in their natural habitat, which is rapidly being converted to palm oil agriculture.
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Oh no! Sadly, 7 more animals are being added to this horrid list.
The federal Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that the black-hooded antwren, the cherry-throated tanager, the fringe-backed fire-eye and the southeastern rufous-vented ground-cuckoo, found almost exclusively in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest and Cerrado biome, are endangered or near extinction.
Although the birds were already protected under Brazilian law, the Fish and Wildlife Service called the countries conservation efforts "inadequate".
By listing the species as endangered under American law, it can help speed the flow of federal money toward international conservation projects and provide leverage in international negotiations to enhance protection efforts.
The birds have become endangered after deforestation, land clearing for agriculture and resource extraction that has destroyed much of their habitat.
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