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Scorpion Assists SPORC in Confiscation of Protected Birds in Jakarta (October 20, 2016)
Posted on 20:32 October 20th, 2016


The Agency for Security and Law Enforcement (Balai Pengamanan dan Penegakan Hukum/BPPH) for Java, Bali, and Nusa Tenggara asissted by Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group connfiscated two protected birds, The brahminy kite  (Haliastur indus) and crested hawk-eagle (Spizaetus cirrhatus).  The two birds were confiscated from a house of an employee of Jakarta provincial  government with initial “D” in Cipayung area, East Jakarta.

The brahminy kite is the mascot of Jakarta and its existence in nature is extremely rare.

A law enforcement officer of the BPPH Saptawi Sunarya who led the confiscation explained to the illegal owner of the eagles that the status of the birds is protected species. After the explanation, he was willing to hand over the birds, although at first refused to do so.


Saptawi explained, based on Law No. 5 of 1990,  any person who keep or trade proteced animal would be get maximum 5 years imprisonment and a fine of IDR100 million (about USD7,6000).


It is estimated that both birds are less than 1 year old. These birds have been handed over Tegal Alur Animal Rescue Centre in West Jakarta.


Meanwhile senior investigator of Scorpion Marison Guciano who accompanied the BPPH officers in the confiscation explained that when the birds were discovered they were confined in small cages. Scorpion then reported their findings to the Wildlife Authority (BKSDA) Jakarta and the Forestry Rapid Response Unit (Satuan Polisi Hutan Reaksi Cepat/ SPORC) at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.


Marison hopes that no more people keeping protected animals illegally. He also appealed to everyone who currently keeps protected wildlife at their homes to immediately hand it over to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.


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Joint activity of Scorpion and Forestry Police Rapid Response Unit (SPORC) in confiscating protected birds illegally kept at a home of an employee of Jakarta provincial government. (Photo: Scorpion)

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