Indonesia’s newest wildlife trade monitoring group slams authorities for not enforcing the law.
Jakarta, June 29, 2015
Scorpion, has been formed by Indonesians concerned at the sight of their country’s rapidly disappearing wildlife, which is being killed or captured for sale in notorious wildlife markets.
Undercover investigators have been shocked at the large amount of wildlife on sale, much of it ‘protected’ species, crammed into tiny, dirty cages. It’s illegal. It’s cruel. It has to be stopped.
Senior investigator Marison Guciano said, “We call on our government to ban wild birds and animals from being sold in street markets. We need our forestry officers to close down these traders, many of whom capture, sell wildlife in an extremely cruel way.”
Over the last four weeks investigators have visited each of these two markets six times. On each occasion, photographs of wildlife on sale illegally were taken and provided to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, but no action has been taken and both the trade and cruelty continues.
These two wildlife markets are nationally and internationally known as the worst in all of South-East Asia.
Guciano continued, “This is not an anti-social request we are making. Traders now selling wildlife can easily switch to selling domestic animals and birds. This is about asking and expecting our law enforcement officials to enforce the law before we lose our precious and indigenous wildlife, forever.”
Gibbons, eagles, cockatoos, Bali starlings and various other species of parrots can be seen any day of the week illegally on sale in both markets. Buyers lack any experience in how to care for wildlife, resulting in their newly acquired pets dying a slow and painful death.
“We are asking our Environment and Forestry Minister Ms. Siti Nurbaya Bakar to please save what is left of our wildlife. Wild birds and animals belong in the wild, not in cages in people’s homes. We also call upon the Governor of Jakarta Mr Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to help save Indonesia’s wildlife by banning the sale of wild birds and animals throughout Jakarta.