The Little Rock Zoo

.The Little Rock Zoo needs to step up and care for the animals better! Please read the several artciles here with deaths, sickness and a bald chimp!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Lush Fresh Cosmetics Protest, Save the Orangutans

Who knew we were killing sweet baby orangutans by buying food and soap made with palm oil?

The folks behind Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics apparently did, and on Wednesday the international chain staged an afternoon "protest" at 83 of its stores in the United States and Canada to raise awareness -- and perhaps sell some of the company's palm-oil-free soap.

Orangutan experts say palm oil plantations, along with deforestation and the logging industry, are encroaching on the apes' natural habitat, further endangering the already-vulnerable species.

They may be the first great ape to go extinct," said Danielle Fogarty, senior keeper in the primate department at the Brookfield Zoo.

At the Lush store at 859 W. Armitage Ave. in Lincoln Park, the message appeared lost on passersby Wednesday afternoon. Many, engrossed in their cell phones and iPods or manning baby strollers, didn't hear sales associate Kate Jennings' cheerful pitch: "Lush is going palm oil-free!"

As part of the promotion, customers were encouraged to soak their hands in green, water-based paint, then press their palms against the storefront window. The combined green palm prints were meant to symbolize palm tree leaves.

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