ROARsome news for Indonesia's Sumatran tigers

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Feature Story - 15 December, 2013
We’ve just had another massive, people-powered win for Indonesia’s ancient forests that could start a domino effect within the palm oil industry in 2014.

A semi-wild Sumatran Tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae) is seen at the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation rescue centre, which is part of the South Bukit Barisan National Park.

The biggest palm oil suppliers in the world, Wilmar International, have just announced a comprehensive plan to end destructive deforestation in Indonesia.

This is a breakthrough several years in the making. It’s the result of intensive research, persistent lobbying, and smart mass-media campaigning. It was all made possible by people who care enough about our planet to step up and support the Greenpeace movement.

This news is so significant within this industry that, if we keep the pressure up in 2014 and beyond, it could truly catalyse a seismic shift in how big companies like these treat Indonesia’s forests – the home of the majestic Sumatran tiger.

This might be one of the first times you’ve heard of Wilmar, but most people use their products every day. They supply their products to companies like Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, and even the makers of Oreo cookies.

Just think: if we managed to shift the single biggest producer of palm oil in the world, it’s only a matter of time until others follow suit!

We know we can create a sustainable industry for the Indonesian people, one that doesn’t wreck our planet or kill off some of the world’s most majestic endangered species. With every passing day, more vast tracks of precious forests are still being bulldozed for unsustainable palm plantation land.

Whether you've signed petitions, spread the word on Facebook or talked about this issue with your friends, thanks for everything you've done for Indonesia's precious forests.