SCORPION Foundation appreciates the Indonesian Government Agency for Natural Resource Conservation (BKSDA) in Jakarta for confiscating a gibbon illegally kept at Mediterrania Housing Complex in North Jakarta. The BKSDA Jakarta confirmed the confiscation to SCORPION on Tuesday (24th of November 2015).
In a letter (No. 10/YSI-WLTMP/IX/2015) on 3rd September 2015, Scorpion Foundation sent a report and photographs from its investigation carried out on Tuesday, 1st of September 2015. The gibbon was placed in a large cage in front of a house at Jl. Katamaran Indah 6 at the Mediterrania Boulevard Housing Complex in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.
SCORPION also sent carbon copy of the letter to Governor of Jakarta, and three key officers at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry including the Miniter, Director General of Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem, Director General of Law Enforcement, and Director of Biodiversity Conservation.
Due to slow process of the confiscation, SCORPION Foundation sent another letter (No: 23/YSI-WLTMP/XI/2015) to BKSDA Jakarta on 10th of November 2015 requesting to accelerate confiscation of this rare species.
SCORPION Foundation is a non-profit registered foundation working to monitor the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia including in major cities of Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Medan, and Bali.
In the mid of this months, SCORPION also carried out intensive investigation of rare wildlife trade that helped the Jakarta Police arresting 6 traders and buyers. (http://scorpionmonitor.org/trafficking_syndicate_of_rare_species.html)
Programme Director of Scorpion Foundation said: "The SCORPION Foundation greatly appreciates BKSDA Jakarta for confiscating the gibbon from North Jakarta because gibbon is protected under the Indonesia law and regulation. Also, is listed as Endangered Species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN).”
“We hope that BKSDA proceed with legal process of this case because it is a violation of Law Number 5/1990 and Government Regulation No. 7/1999. Violator of these law and regulation can jailed for 5 years plus fine of IDR 100,000,000.00 (USD 7,400), ”Gunung Gea added.
“Wildlife belongs in the wild. If you see protected wildlife for sale please report to SCORPION and also report to law enforcement agencies. Those who own protected animals they are encouraged to immediately hand them over to the government conservation agencies (BKSDA) throughout Indonesia without delay. Keeping protected animals at home will make life uneasy under the shadow of the threat of prison and paying of expensive fine," Gunung Gea, stressed.
Law No. 5/1990 says, every person who kill / capture / keep protected species can be sentenced for five years in jail plus fine of IDR100 million (US$7,400).
This gibbon found by SCORPION investigator in September 2015 and subsequently sent report and photographs to Jakarta Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). The gibbon finally confiscated Tuesday (24th of November 2015).
The gibbon while in a large cage at Jl. Katamaran Indah 6 at the Mediterrania Boulevard Housing Complex in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta.
Also picture of the gibbon before the confiscation.
Another view of the gibbon cage in Mediterrania Boulevard Housing Complex.
Gate of Mediterrania Boulevard Housing Complex.