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But, five years on, Mr Irwandi has dismayed supporters by authorising the destruction of a peat swamp forest which is one of the last refuges of the critically endangered Sumatran orang-utan. The move breaches a presidential moratorium – part of an international deal to save Indonesia's forests – as well as legislation protecting a conservation area where the Tripa swamp is located. Aceh lies at the north-western tip of Sumatra, where three-quarters of the Tripa forest has already been replaced by palm oil plantations.
"This is the first time the great pandas of CCRCGP will be streamed live to a global audience, and we are both excited and deeply honored to bring these incredible creatures to people everywhere," said explore.org founder Charles Annenberg Weingarten. The HD cameras are initially focused on the four pandas born in 2009 and are set up at two locations at the Bifengxia Panda Base — one that houses females Yaoman and Shenbing and one that’s home to Yaoxin, a female, and Lulin, a male born just days before her. Explore.org plans to introduce a third camera later in the month that will focus on an area of the CCRCGP where five 2-year-old pandas live. Dr. Li Desheng, a doctor at CCRCGP, believes that the international exposure will help raise awareness about panda conservation. "The giant panda has been a Chinese national treasure since ancient times.
From animal experimentation to factory farming, humans have done some horrible things to other animals. Few practices are as cruel, though, as bear bile farming. The practice is so barbaric that bears kept in captivity for bile harvesting are often driven mad by the poor living conditions and cruelty of the process.