Look at these tens and thousands of birds trapped in this manner at Pramuka Bird Market, Jakarta. Pramuka Market is the largest bird market in Indonesia, where cruelty to animals is obvious to see. Most of them are captured illegally from the wild. The mass capture and trade of birds are fast threatening their very survival. The public needs to be aware that such markets are abominable. Flight is work ing hard to build this awareness.
FLIGHT: Protecting Indonesia’s Birds expressed grave concerns about the threat of extinction of wild birds to President Jokowi. There is widespread ravaging of the bird population across all parts of the country. Birds are taken from the wild and traded illegally in the hundreds of wildlife market markets throughout Indonesia. Some are smuggled out of the country. FLIGHT asked the President to close all illegal bird markets in Indonesia. This will directly halt the mass ravaging of birds from their natural habitats. FLIGHT’s request to the president was delivered via e-mail on Monday, March 19, 2018. Birds perform vital functions in nature, such as seed dispersion, which encourages a variety of plants and trees to grow. Birds are also important biological agents for the control of various pests, such as mice and caterpillars. FLIGHT investigations have revealed large scale theft, smuggling, and bird trade in Indonesia. The investigation was conducted in three locations, namely Sumatra, Java, and West Nusa Tenggara. Bird populations in Indonesia are rapidly becoming unsustainable. Please see our investigative video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlywDEanet0
Millions of wild birds in Indonesia are thought to have migrated from nature to bird markets and become pets in homes. They are confined in small cages only to be heard the singing. The rise of birds chirping contest in almost all regions in Indonesia became one of the triggers of the rampant hunting, smuggling and trade wild birds in the country. FLIGHT: Protecting Indonesia’s Birds, an organization dedicated to protecting Indonesian birds reveals that the wild bird business in Indonesia is a cruel business. Please see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0FqX8FUj4E&t=90s These birds are snared with glue and nets from nature. Put into small crates. In dark conditions and without water they pressed inside the narrow space. To arrived in the bird markets, they have to travel up to hundreds of kilo meters. They are sold in the markets are a small part that can survive from the journey. Most of them die when in the hands of hunters, collectors, wholesalers until in the mode of transportation. Indonesia has more unique birds than any other country in the world; 380 of the 1,400 species that inhabit Indonesia are not found anywhere else in the world. Now, birds in Indonesia are in great threat. The birds function as seed dispersers. Extinction of various types of birds will cause the extinction of various types of biodiversity. If there are no owls and eagles to control rodents, what will happen to the population of rats and snakes? Our homes and plants are at […]
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.