The Scorpion Foundation insisted the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to immediately release 1.300 confiscated birds in Batam to avoid mass death of the birds. Scorpion insistence was submitted via email to the Head of Wildlife Authority (BBKSDA) in Riau and to the Director of Biodiversity Conservation at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Mr. Bambang Dahono Adji.
In addition to the email, Director of Scorpion Foundation Gunung Gea also called Bambang Dahono Adji today insisting immediate release of the birds.
"I will check about the situation of these birds with relevant officers in Riau. I know it is better to release the birds as soon as possible but we need to also check technical aspect of the release,” Bambang Dahono Adji told Scorpion via telephone on Friday afternoon (25/11/2016)
The water police confiscated 1,372 birds in Batam on Tuesday night (22 Nov). These undocumented birds were smuggled from Malaysia to Batam using speed boat. After arriving in Batam the birds were moved into a car.
The birds were placed inside 88 boxes consisting of 1,371 birds, however, at the raid approximately 100 birds already died.
All the birds, which are from magpie family, have been deposited at the Batam Animal Quarantine while further investigation of the case is still ongoing. When the police raiding the birds and secured evidents the suspect managed to escape. (Tribrata News)
Press conference of Riau Islands provincial police on Thursday (24/11/2016)
Confiscated undocumented birds in Batam.
Another image of the confiscated undocumented birds.
Approximately 100 birds already died when arrived in Batam.
All images: Tribrata News.