The trade in, smuggling and taking of songbirds from the wild in Indonesia are out of control. Thousands of birds are smuggled in small boxes, and travel, at times, hundreds of kilometers to reach the bird markets. In many cases, these birds do not survive because of the stressful conditions under which they are kept. In early 2016, of the 2,400 birds seized by forestry authorities in East Java, only around 300 could be returned to their habitat to Kalimantan. The rest did not survive. FLIGHT supports the authorities. When smuggled birds are confiscated, we quickly return them to their habitat in the wild after checking they are healthy. We believe birds should live in the wild, rather than perish in cages. Please don’t get involved in bird trade and smuggling, whether as a poacher, seller or buyer.
The Cilegon Quarantine Center succeeded in stopping the illegal smuggling of 2140 birds, from Sumatra to Java in Merak Port, Banten, on Tuesday (11/27). These birds were not accompanied by the required documents. They are from the Black-throated Prinia and white eye species and would have been sent to Jakarta. Together with BKSDA and FLIGHT: Protecting Indonesia’s Birds, the Cilegon Quarantine Center released surviving birds the following day, into the Gunung Tukung Gede Nature Reserve. Director of Communication of FLIGHT, Namira Annisa, said that the port of Merak has been fortified to prevent the smuggling of birds from Sumatra to Java. “We appreciate the efforts of the Cilegon Quarantine Center, which in the past two weeks has halted the smuggling of more than 8000 birds from Sumatra to Java, and who have returned these birds into the wild,” she said.
On November 18, we inaugurated a reading house in Cisalimar sub village, Cipeteuy village, Kabandungan District, Sukabumi, West Java. We equipped the house with books about the importance of protecting nature and biodiversity. The village borders Halimun-Salak Mountain National Park, which is rich in biodiversity. Some residents in this village work actively as bird poachers It is sad to see these children, living on the border of the forest, working as poachers. A child describes how he poaches the birds, using glue. Birds are sold at USD$2. We have built a reading house here, to teach the villagers about the importance of conservation and animal welfare. Some children cannot read and write, but they look happy and enthusiastic about learning.
Lampung Agricultural Quarantine Center, assisted by FLIGHT, confiscated 1536 undocumented birds from a bus in Bakaheuni Port
On Thursday, November 23, Lampung Agricultural Quarantine Center, assisted by FLIGHT, confiscated 1536 undocumented birds from a bus in Bakaheuni Port, Lampung, Sumatra. These birds were going to Java Island from Bandar Lampung. Species included Black laughingthrush, Chestnut-capped laughingthrush, Ashy tailorbird, Yellow-vented bulbul, and Lesser green leafbird. They were released the next day (November 24). On 21-23, November, 2018, Lampung Agriculture Quarantine Center, assisted by FLIGHT, conducted a joint patrol with the police in Bakaheuni Port to prevent illegal smuggling of birds from Sumatra to Java. Thousands of these birds, after testing negative for bird flu (by the Lampung Quarantine Center), were released in the Pesawaran Forest Park.
Assisting with Quarantine Patrol in Bakauheni Port made us realise that the port does not yet have proper cages to temporarily keep confiscated birds prior to release. Now FLIGHT has donated 2 cages to Bakauheni Quarantine for temporary placement of confiscated birds. Mainly to ensure birds are healthy prior to release. This is only made possible through your donations and support from Wildlife Asia Animals Asia Change For Animals Foundation In the future we hope to have more cages, and also Quarantine would also need funds to have an active on-field Veterinarian to assess and provide health needs of birds during and after confiscation. To help more with these needs, you can donate to FLIGHT through our website (direct transfer and Paypal): http://flightprotectingbirds.org/donate/ or Credit Card payment through Wildlife Asia website: http://wildlifeasia.org.au/saving_songbirds/ Donations through Wildlife Asia website is tax deductible for Australian residents.