Police confirmed that Lampung Province is a favorite route for smuggling wild Sumatran birds to Java. Head of Lampung Police Public Relations Commissioner Umi Fadilah Astutik said that several arrests of smuggling attempts have revealed a number of facts in the field.
“Lampung Province is a favorite route for smuggling wild birds because the land route through Lampung has a low cost,” Umi said, Thursday (21/12/2023).
This fact was also revealed in an analysis by Lampung Quarantine Center and Flight Protecting Indonesias Birds. The analysis, outlined in a report titled “Sumatran Birds Under Pressure”, states that thousands of protected birds have been illegally traded in the last five years.
According to Lampung Police records, 5 cases were handled in 2019, 12 cases in 2020, 14 cases in 2021, and 22 cases in 2022. “There are many findings ranging from illegal trade in tigers, birds, to pangolin scales and other protected animals. Lampung is the gateway,” Umi said.
Umi believes there needs to be synergy between all parties to free Lampung from illegal wildlife trade. “From upstream to downstream, we must prevent and deter,” she said.
It is also important to educate the public that wildlife conservation is a shared responsibility. “Of course, if there is no demand, there will be no supply. So educating the public is also important,” she said.The Lampung Quarantine Center’s analysis report showed that 8,618 birds from 26 protected species were found in the case. This number is high because the perpetrators are brave enough to smuggle animals protected by law.