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Help Endangered Species in Indonesia November 10, 2005 8:07 AM

Action Alert:  Help Stop the Trade in Endangered Wild Species in Indonesia           Sample letter provided below for quick activism

Published 11/09/05

Hundreds of thousands of wild animals, many from endangered species and which are supposed to be protected by Indonesian law, are trapped and sold each year in the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia. The center of this trade takes place in the so-called bird markets (Pasar Burung), with the Pramuka bird market in Jakarta being the largest. The trade in wild species is estimated to be worth Indonesian Rupiah 9 trillion (US$900 Million) per year.

Indonesia has existing legislation protecting wildlife and forbidding trade in protected species, sentencing any lawbreaker up to 5 years imprisonment. Notwithstanding the law, the trade continues unabated. Weak enforcement of the law is the key factor enabling this active trade. According to investigations by ProFauna (an Indonesian animal advocacy organization) 95% of wild animals traded in such markets have been trapped in the wild. This trade is not only cruel, it poses a serious threat to the natural environment and the biodiversity of Indonesian flora and fauna.

More Trade Facts from ProFauna:

  • Approximately 115,000 parrots are trapped each year in the wild in Papua and Maluku, including the highly endangered palm cockatoo (Probosciger atterimus), black headed lory (Lorius lory) and yellow crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita).
  • Each year 1000 Kalimantan (Borneo) orangutans are smuggled to Java and overseas. To capture the orangutan babies, the hunters will kill the mothers. At least one orangutan dies for each baby taken.
  • At least 3000 gibbons are hunted each year for domestic wildlife trade or to be smuggled overseas.
  • 40% of trapped wild animals die as a result of cruelty and pain inflicted during their capture, transportation, cramped cages, and inadequate food and water.
  • 60% of animals illegally traded in the local wildlife markets are from endangered species which are supposed to be protected by Indonesian law.
  • 70% of primates and cockatoos kept as pets suffer from physical and behavioral problems.

You Can Help!

Write to the Indonesian Ambassador and the Indonesian Government

Profauna is asking animal advocates to write to the Indonesian President, the Indonesian House of Representative/Parliament (DPR) and to international Ambassadors, and that you outline the following requests in your letters:

  • Appeal to the Indonesian President and the House of Representatives to deem that the illegal trade in wild species is an urgent national issue, requiring immediate action including the active enforcement of existing laws protecting endangered species, the rigorous prosecution of traders in illegal wildlife, the passing of stricter laws protecting wild animals and their habitats, the confiscation of all protected wild animals being traded or otherwise illegally kept in Indonesia, and imposition of maximum fines and jail sentences on anyone found guilty of breaking the laws protecting the fauna and flora of Indonesia.
  • Ask the authority to combat the current practice by confiscating wildlife from the traders in major bird markets, such as Pasar Burung Pramuka in Jakarta and Bratang in Surabaya.    

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 November 10, 2005 8:10 AM

Send letters to: [Sample letter below]

His Excellency Soemadi D. M. Brotodiningrat
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
karta@embassyofindonesia.org

His Excellency Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara Jakarta Pusat
PO Box 9949 Jakarta 10000
INDONESIA
(sorry no email for the President available)

Komisi IV (Komisi Lingkungan Hidup) DPR RI (Commission of Environment)
smeru@cbn.net.id

Humas DPR RI (Public Relation of the Indonesian House of Parliament)
humas-dpr@dpr.go.id

Note: Emails sent to Indonesia may bounce back for a variety of reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please copy your letter to ProFauna Indonesia at profauna@profauna.or.id. Your letter will be collected to support our petition which will be presented to the government of Indonesia.


Sample Letter:

Use the letter as a guide or simply copy and paste the letter into an email and send to the email addresses below.

Dear Excellency:

I am writing to urge you to do everything in your power to end the destructive trade of wild animals in Indonesia.

A recent investigation by an Indonesian animal welfare organization revealed that 95% of wild animals traded have been trapped in the wild. An additional investigation of five Java bird marts found that 47% of the parrots traded were protected under Indonesian law and include those listed on CITES Appendix I. For most threatened parrots trade is a primary cause of dramatic population decline.

The trade in wildlife is dangerous and cruel. Exotic animal markets are hot spots for a number of viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases that traded animals can become infected with and, if transmitted, can cause serious and costly risks to human health, livestock, and other animals. In addition, many wild-caught animals are killed in the process of capture and still more die of starvation, dehydration, suffocation, or disease before even reaching their final destination. Those that do survive typically lead miserable lives confined to chains or small barren cages.

Please help preserve Indonesia’s beautiful wildlife by demanding the enforcement of existing laws protecting endangered species, confiscating wildlife from the traders in major bird markets, such as Pasar Burung Pramuka in Jakarta and Bratang in Surabaya, and by enacting strict penalties for those who violate the law.

Thank you for your attention to this issue that is of international concern.

Sincerely,

(Signature)    

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