The Sulawesi Region Operations Team of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Law Enforcement Center (Gakkum) has arrested two protected wildlife traffickers with the initials SJ (47 years old) and FN (22 years old) in South Sulawesi Province. “The perpetrators are both buyers and sellers of protected wildlife. We are committed to continue developing the disclosure and breaking the protected wildlife trade network,” said Head of the Sulawesi Region KLHK Gakkum Center Aswin Bangun in a press release received on Monday. In addition to arresting the perpetrators, the team is still exploring the possibility of other parties involved and other species of animals being traded. The prosecution of protected wildlife criminals, he said, is the government’s commitment to protect Indonesia’s rich biodiversity. “This crime is a threat to the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystems that are very important for the life of the Indonesian people,” he reiterated. According to Aswin, wildlife trade is a very detrimental crime and is included in organized crime. Along with the advancement of time and technology, the protected wildlife trade has shifted from the conventional way of trading in markets to online. Therefore, Gakkum LHK continues to develop various ways to carry out security of Wild Plants and Animals (TSL) such as through cyber patrols monitoring online trading on social media and collaborating with the Ministry of Communication and Information and the police to close accounts and their content allegedly used for transactions. The disclosure of this case originated from public information about the trade […]
Smuggling of Thousands of Sumatran Songbirds Destined for Java Island Thwarted at Bakauheni Port, Lampung
The smuggling of 2,830 Sumatran songbirds of various species was foiled at the Executive Dock of Bakauheni Port, Lampung, on Thursday (2/15). The smuggling of thousands of birds without official documents was foiled by a joint team of Lampung Quarantine, Army Military Police and Flight Protecting Birds. Head of Lampung Quarantine, Donni Muksydayan, said the arrest of thousands of illegal birds began with a report from a local resident regarding a planned shipment of bird species to Java. After receiving the report, the Bakauheni Port Service Unit immediately prepared and stood guard in the area around Bakauheni Port. Then, on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at around 5:43 pm, officers found a vehicle with the characteristics that had been informed entering the Bakauheni Port Executive Dock area. “Upon inspection, thousands of birds were found packed in plastic baskets and cardboard boxes with holes in them,” he said, Saturday (2/17). Donni continued, when asked about the birds’ documents, the driver could not show the required documents. “The driver claimed that the animals came from Palembang and were destined for Serang and Depok,” he said. The smuggling of thousands of birds without official documents was foiled at Bakauheni Port, Lampung. “After further identification, the birds consisted of 45 Black-naped orioles, 1,700 Javan Myna, 875 Yellow-vented bulbul, 150 Bar-winged prinia, 14 Purple-throated Sunbird, 34 Shrike, 5 Common Iora, 7 Malaysian pied fantail,” he continued. Donni said the driver was secured for further questioning. According to him, after thwarting the illegal animal trade, the quarantine immediately coordinated with BKSDA Bengkulu, Region III Section in […]
FLIGHT supported BBKSDA South Sulawesi and the Military Police of Naval Base VI in providing awareness raising to more than 300 Navy military personnel
On 5 February, FLIGHT supported BBKSDA South Sulawesi and the Military Police of Naval Base VI in providing awareness raising to more than 300 Navy military personnel on the importance of protecting wildlife in their natural habitat and the prohibition of illegal wildlife trade. This socialisation in order to participate in the 78th Anniversary of the Naval Military Police at the Makassar Lantamal VI Command Headquarters. This socialization activity illustrates the Lantamal’s commitment to plant and wildlife conservation efforts. The socialization was attended by ± 300 people consisting of the Commander of Lantamal VI, First Admiral Ivan Gatot Prijanto and his leadership, members of the Navy POM, soldiers and civil servants of Lantamal VI Makassar and the Head of Jasa Raharja Makassar and the South Sulawesi KSDA Center team. Head of the South Sulawesi KSDA Center, Ir. Jusman, as the socialization resource person, highlighted the vital role of South Sulawesi and West Sulawesi Provinces as the “gateway” to eastern Indonesia and the connecting route to the Archipelago’s Capital City. Both provinces are strategically located geographically and demographically as trade routes for illegal wild plants and animals in Eastern Indonesia. The main challenge faced is poaching and illegal circulation of wild plants and animals. From several cases in the field, the types of plants and wildlife that are often circulated illegally are aves, reptiles and mammals. The latest modus operandi found by officers of the South Sulawesi KSDA Center was the delivery of 13 monitor lizards through a delivery service with […]
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. Umi added that countless attempts to smuggle wild birds have been thwarted by police and the Lampung Quarantine Center at the entrance to Bakauheni port. But as if they were not tired, the smugglers continue to try to send wildlife to Java. 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 […]
On 6 December, FLIGHT supported road patrol police, and the Lampung Natural Resources Conservation Agency to intercept an illegal shipment of more than 750 songbirds from Way Kanan District, North Lampung to Java Island. Dozens of the hundreds of songbirds seized were protected species. The birds were transported by inter-city bus and placed inside cardboard boxes and fruit baskets. Once confirmed healthy the birds were released into the wild on the same day. Previously, on 2 January, FLIGHT also supported Surabaya Quarantine to rescue hundreds of reptiles – including The Pig-nosed Turtle – from the illegal wildlife trade at Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya, East Java. The hundreds of reptiles were placed into four suitcases of passengers disembarking from a passenger ship “Nggapulu” departing from Papua and Maluku destined for Jakarta.