Wild birds in Indonesia are stolen from their homes in the wild. Many poachers use glue or nets to catch them. Thousands are caught and sent to the hundreds of bird markets illegally every day. In Indonesia, there are thousands of bird shops scattered in various regions. Almost all shops and orders have no license to sell wildlife. All these birds suffer and most die prematurely. Their wings are often broken by the glue and caught in the nets used to trap them. They are crushed because they are locked in very small cages before being sent to the markets. Most of them die even before they are sold. A bird poacher we met said that many of the birds he had captured died quickly, some even in his house. This is because these birds experience stress. Others die during transportation to the markets, in buses, boats, cars. It is not uncommon for these birds to travel hundreds of kilometres to get to the markets. The habit of raising birds is seen in Javanese culture. In the forest, birds live and nests trees. They keep the ecosystem in balance and enrich the biodiversity. President Jokowi need to issue a ban to steal birds in the wild and shut down the illegal bird markets. Please sign, share the petition and let your voice be heard in calling for an protecting Indonesia’s birds: https://www.change.org/p/president-jokowi-save-indonesia-s-wild-birds
The legal captive breeding industry can’t keep up with demand, so animal traffickers are filling the gap. On one Sunday afternoon, in the backyard of an office building in Mampang, Jakarta, I could hear loud chirps of birds. I looked around, but there were no trees nearby. The birds belong to Ngadimin, the office building’s security guard. The 56-year-old had set his prized songbirds out to sunbathe while he worked. When I visited him, he was carefully spraying his songbirds one by one with a special spray. Sporting only an undershirt, loose pants and a kretek cigarette in one hand, it was Ngadimin’s idea of a perfect day off.
Indonesia is trying to rein in a trade in illegal birds and other wildlife, which is threatening some species with extinction. But an undercover BBC team were offered the chance to buy endangered hawks, as activists say not enough is being done. Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-37382919/how-indonesia-s-rare-birds-are-facing-extinction
It’s a scene out of a nightmare – thousands of birds are packed tightly into small cages in Indonesia’s markets. Trappers supplying these markets are driving thirteen species to the brink of extinction and are having an incalculable impact on biodiversity. Tell the Indonesian government to ban the trade now. Call to action To: President Joko Widodo and the government of Indonesia Endangered birds are being traded on Indonesian markets. The hunt for rare birds is speeding biodiversity loss. Put an end to this cruelty. READ LETTER
Bird-keeping is a hugely popular pastime in Indonesia. Unfortunately, demand for native songbirds is driving the expiration of wild population throughout the region. In response, a collaborative initiative—led by Oxford University and Burung Indonesia (BirdLife in Indonesia)—is developing a non-State, market-based solution. Through engagement with the songbird-keeping fraternity and the establishment of a certification system for captive-bred birds, it is hoped that Indonesian consumers can be guided away from keeping wild-caught birds. Bird-keeping is an immensely popular pastime throughout Indonesia—especially on the islands of Java and Bali. Research in the region’s six principal cities found that 35.7% of households kept a bird and that 57.6% had done so in the last 10 years. The data suggests that a projected 584,000 households within these cities keep almost two million songbirds, of which over half are wild-caught (Jepson and Ladle 2009).