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The Internet Trade of Rare Wildlife Increases

From Pro Fauna
December 2012

Rosek Nursahid, Chairman of ProFauna Indonesia stated, “Now, it is more difficult to curb the trade of rare wildlife in Indonesia because it takes place on the internet and buyers do not have to meet the traders in person for the transaction”. Nursahid added, “Owners of the online shopping websites and the authorized government should block the advertisement offering protected wildlife”.

The trade of rare wildlife on the internet increases in 2012. ProFauna Indonesia, a leading organisation working for the protection of wildlife in Indonesia, records show that there have been more than 303 protected wildlife consisting of 27 species being traded on the internet along 2012. The scpecies were:

The wildlife protected by law were traded in some online shopping websites like Toko Bagus, Kaskus, and Berniaga. Traders also advertised the illegal wildlife through their social networks like Facebook. Rosek Nursahid, Chairman of ProFauna Indonesia stated, “Now, it is more difficult to curb the trade of rare wildlife in Indonesia because it takes place on the internet and buyers do not have to meet the traders in person for the transaction”. Nursahid added, “Owners of the online shopping websites and the authorized government should block the advertisement offering protected wildlife”.

In 2012, there were more than five cases of wildlife trade on the internet going through judicial processes. The records show that some of the locations for the trade were in Jakarta, Kerawang - West Java, and Pemanukan – West Java. From four suspects, the government confiscated dozens wildlife like the Javan Hawk-eagle, Changeable Hawk-eagle, tiger skin, stuffed sea turtle, crocodile, slow loris, leopard cat, and palm cockatoo.

Despite the increasing wildlife trade on the internet, there is a good news. One of the shopping websites, Toko Bagus, made an agreement with ProFauna Indonesia not to advertise protected wildlife offers. The initiative is very positive and should play a role model for other shopping websites.

The trade of protected wildlife in bird markets

Besides taking place on the internet, the trade of protected wildlife in some bird (animal/pet) markets in Java and Bali remains high. In 2012, ProFauna Indonesia records show that the average trade of the protected wildlife in the markets is 91 individuals per month. The protected wildlife being traded consist of 21 species:

Some bird markets remained selling protected wildlife included:

The trade of protected wildlife both alive species and the body parts is illegal.

According to the Law number 5 year 1990 concerning the Conservation of the Natural Resources and the Ecosystem, offenders (both traders and buyers) are liable to a maximum five year prison term and a 100 million Indonesia Rupiah fine. ProFauna Indonesia urges the government to enforce the law to curb the trade. ProFauna also encouraged the public to help stopping the trade by not buying protected wildlife.