On Thusday, 12 July 2018, Seizure of protected bird species from a seller in Sukabumi by the police and supported by FLIGHT. The animals seized were 2 crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela), 1 Changable Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus) and 11 individuals from the sunbird Family. Seized birds were found in poor conditions, with loss of feathers, and one with a wound on its head. On 16 July 2018, the birds have been safely transported to Cikananga Wildlife Center for Rehabilitation. FLIGHT thanks the Police, and Cikananga Wildlife Center, Animals Asia and Change For Animals Foundation for their support.
FLIGHT and quarantine authorities at Bakaheuni port will jointly patrol to prevent smuggling of wild birds
From 23 May 2018, FLIGHT: Protecting Indonesia’s Birds and quarantine authorities at Bakaheuni port in Lampung, southern Sumatra, will jointly patrol the port to prevent smuggling of wildlife, especially wild birds, from Sumatra to Java. Bakauheni is a strategic port, connecting Sumatra and Java in the southern part of Lampung province. Our investigations have found that this port is a key transportation route for smuggling wildlife between Sumatra and Java Island. We estimate that from 2009 to 2010, more than 14,000 birds were smuggled through Bakaheuni port. The year 2016 witnessed huge numbers of bird seizures, with thousands of illegal birds being confiscated. Wildlife is smuggled using buses, trucks and private vehicles.
The illegal trade of protected birds is still rife in Indonesia. FLIGHT investigations in the last two months uncovered illegal sales of several types of protected birds in the country’s notorious wildlife markets. These include Brahminy Kites, yellow crested cockatoos and various species of honey birds. To date, FLIGHT has investigated several markets, including Cakra Market in Lombok, Sukahaji Market in West Java, Pramuka Market in Jakarta, Pasar Karimata in Central Java, and Cikurubuk Market in West Java. We have sent formal petitions to the government to close wildlife markets throughout Indonesia.
On April 17, 2018, the Law Enforcement Agency of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, together with FLIGHT, seized 3 protected birds in Bogor regency, West Java (Brahminy Kite, crested hawk-eagle and Falconidae). The birds were confiscated from a car repair shop because the owner did not have permission to keep them. When we raided the premises, we found that the birds had been kept in a small cage for many days. We plan to send the birds to Kamojang eagle Conservation Centre in West Java. Once rehabilitated, they will be released into their habitat in the wild.
FLIGHT has sent a letter to the Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, formally asking him to close Jatinegara Wildlife Market. The letter was sent on April 6, 2018. In the letter, FLIGHT expressed concern about the threat of extinction to birds and other wildlife in Indonesia due to massive thefts that are occurring all across Indonesia. Jakarta houses one of the largest wild life markets in Indonesia. In its Jatinegara wildlife market, cruelty to birds and other wild life is very apparent. Protected birds are openly sold. Long-tailed monkeys are chained by their necks. Cages in which wild life are kept are very small with no food and drink available to their inhabitants. Jatinegara market has an international reputation for being a cruel market. This degrades the image of Jakarta globally. FLIGHT asked the Governor to help wildlife traders in Pasar Jatinegara through its OK-OCE program so that they no longer need to sell wild animals to make a living. The program is a community economic empowerment program in Jakarta. Closing Jatinegara wildlife market will bring a positive impact on birds and other wildlife because this will directly reduce a demand for them. Their theft from nature will also decrease.