HUGE blobs of palm oil that can be deadly to dogs have washed up on Brit beaches, prompting local councils to issue warnings about the toxic oil “bergs”.
Highly controversial palm oil is used in all manner of household items from pizza to deodorant, and has washed up on beaches in Norfolk, Wales and Cornwall after being dumped in the ocean by cargo ships.
Dog walkers have been warned not to touch the toxic material[/caption]
Harvesting of the oil is known for wreaking environmental havoc through deforestation and destroys the homes of orangutans and other endangered animals, but it’s used in almost 50% of packaged items sold in supermarkets according to WWF.
The orangutan destroying oil is now washing up on Brit beaches, and is highly toxic to dogs experts say.
DEADLY TO DOGS
Dog walkers have been warned not to touch the toxic material.
A post on the Facebook page for Fistral beach in Newquay reads: “We have just been informed by the lifeguards that palm oil has been washing up on the beach.
“This can be very dangerous so please keep a close eye on your dogs when walking them on any beaches.”
TV vet Marc Abraham warned owners: “Dogs will pick up anything on the beach, from pebbles, to food to palm oil.
“These things can cause two-fold problems, the first is gastro, the second is foreign body obstructions.
“As palm oil is so gelatinous it can get lodged in the oesophagus and require emergence surgery.
“If you think your dog has swallowed something it shouldn’t, contact your vet immediately,” the top vet advises.
Vets Now said “[Palm oil] is an edible vegetable oil derived from the pulp of the fruit of African, American and Maripa palms.
“It is used in processed foods, toiletries and as a biofuel.
“Large ships also use palm oil as a tank cleaning agent.
“With dogs, if eaten it can cause sickness, diarrhoea, dehydration and, in extreme cases, pancreatitis.
“It can also cause blockages in the gut due to its semi-solid state.”
The lumps of oil, which can weigh up to a quarter of a ton and originate from palm trees harbour toxic germs and diseases.
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The bergs are thought to wash ashore as ships are permitted to dump palm oil into the sea – but only if they’re 12 miles away from land.
The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it is looking into negotiating a deal to crack down on the dumping of oil in UK waters.
“The UK had sought an earlier date and is now engaged in discussions with other North Sea States on the practicality, and legality, of implementing these restrictions earlier on a regional basis” it said.
WHAT IS PALM OIL?
- Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees
- Oil palm trees are native to Africa but were brought to South-East Asia just over 100 years ago as an ornamental tree crop
- Indonesia and Malaysia make up over 85% of global supply of palm oil
- It is extremmely versatile and has many different properties and functions and is in everything from pizza to deoderant
- Palm oil harvest is a huge driver of deforestation which throws out millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases
- Harvestig the oil destroys the habitats of already endangered species like the Orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino
- Palm oil sectors also struggle to completely end exploitation of workers and child labour
Palm oil harvest destroys the homes of orangutans[/caption]
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