On Saturday, October 23rd this month, FLIGHT assisted the Police and Quarantine Officers to thwart a smuggling attempt of more than 2000 wild birds in Banyuwangi, East Java. Based on the information, the wild birds were going to be delivered to Pasuruan from Lombok. They were brought using a Fuso Truck. More than 2000 birds were contained inside plastic and card boxes. Some of the species brought were including Horsfield’s Bushlark (Mirafra javanica), Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata), Chesnut-backed Thrush (Geokichla dohertyi), Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus), Thick-billed White-eye (Heleia crassirostris), Timor Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata), and Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris maxi).
On Friday, 15th October 2021, FLIGHT assisted Bagan Sinembah Sector Police of Riau foiled another smuggling of 975 wild birds. These birds were contained inside 44 plastic boxes, brought using a bus and planned to be delivered to Jambi. The 975 birds included 560 Javan Mynas, 40 Black-naped Orioles, 315 Ashy Tailorbirds, and 60 Cinereous Tit. The perpetrator was still being questioned by the police. Meanwhile, the birds were released on the same day at nearby forest.
Bukittinggi Police with an assist from FLIGHT arrested a man who was suspected to be a seller of protected birds in Parabek Nagari Ladang Laweh, Agam, West Sumatra on Tuesday, October 5th. F (49) was arrested after the police got information from the residents around. The police also secured 583 birds as evidence. The birds were including 3 Black-headed Bulbuls, 2 Ashy Bulbuls, 14 Blue-winged Leafbirds, 9 Sunda Bulbuls, 500 Sunda White-eye, 16 Sumatran Laughingthrush, 14 Oriental Magpie-robins, 8 Orange-spotted Bulbuls, 5 Long-tailed Sibia, and 12 Red-throated Sunbirds. Some of them were included in the protected animals’ list by the government. F was now still being investigated by the police. He will be charged with Article 40 Verse 2 Jo and Article 21 Verse 2 of Law No. 5 of 1990 concerning Conservation of the Living Natural Resources and Its Ecosystem. The police also added his appeal to the community not to violate the law under the pretext of “selling protected animals” because it can cause damage to the Nature Reserve area and the preservation area.
Riau Police with the help from FLIGHT successfully arrested a West Sumatran Man as a hornbill casques collector and seized four (4) hornbill casques from him. The perpetrator, Onar (39) who’s a collector of the hornbill casques planned to sell the casques for Two to Three Million Rupiahs. He was caught at the General Sudirman post office, Pekanbaru. When the police rummaged through his things, the 4 hornbill casques was found inside a blue sling bag. The police and investigators are still carrying out further examination of the case, meanwhile Onar has violated Article 40 Verse 2 Of Law No.5 of 1990 Concerning Conservation of the Living Natural Resources and Its Ecosystem with maximum 5 years of jailtime and 100 Million Rupiahs fine.
Monday, September 27th the same day as before, another attempt of bird smuggling successfully foiled by Pelalawan Police, and Riau Nature Conservation Agency (BBKSDA Riau) with an assist from FLIGHT. The birds that were attempted to be smuggled were 816 Bar-winged Prinia and 68 Java Sparrow. These birds were contained inside fruit boxes and brought using a car. The perpetrator was still being investigated by the police.