I went to the London Zoo today. I enjoyed spending time with my lovely friend, but I found myself getting increasingly infuriated with the hypocritical propaganda plastered around the zoo. Everywhere we walked, signs were meant to appeal to our consciences, asking us what we were doing to Save the Rainforest and offering advice on eating sustainably. It seems to me that when you are actively promoting Nestle products at your organization, you revel in rainforest destruction and human rights violations. Because that’s what Nestle excels at, and by selling the company’s prominently-branded ice cream-like confections at every cafe, the zoo is effectively endorsing those actions.
Let me explain. Although Nestle recently agreed to cut off palm oil suppliers who destroy the rainforest, this plan will take until 2015 to go into full effect. So, in the meantime, it will continue to invest blood money into corrupt suppliers, assuming that the company actually follows through with its commitment at all. And let’s not forget how Nestle actively advertises its infant formula in developing countries, where poverty and an unclean water supply practically guarantee that formula-fed babies will suffer from malnourishment and their mothers will sink deeper into debt from formula and additional healthcare costs.
So, needless to say, I am displeased with the London Zoo, which they will learn when I send them a super-charming WTF email in the next few days.