ProFauna Engaged Bandung into not Buying Wildlife

Concerned about the high number of wildlife trade in West Java, ProFauna Indonesia's West Java Representative engaged the people into not buying wildlife. The idea was brought up in an attractive campaign held in Taman Cikapayang, Jalan Dago, Bandung (20/6/2013). In the campaign, some activists put on Coucang-like masks and sprawled across the street as a symbol of the cruelty experienced by animals captivated by human.

ProFauna Engaged Bandung into not Buying WildlifeBased on the result of monitoring conducted by ProFauna West Java in January-May 2013 in Sukahaji Bird Market, Bandung, illegal wildlife trades still happen. Among the animals traded are Coucang (Nycticebus sp.), Crested Serpent-eagle (Spilornis cheela), Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea), and Purple-naped Lory (Lorius domicellus).

Radius Nursidi, the coordinator of ProFauna West Java, said "The call to stop buying wildlife in this campaign in a manifestation of ProFauna's concern towards the increasing number of trade in West Java, particularly in Bandung. One way to stop illegal poaching and trade is by educating people so that they would not buy animals the ownership upon which is prohibited by laws."

In the law no. 5 of 1990 about the Conservation of Natural Resources and the Ecosystem, it is stated that every person is prohibited to catch, hurt, kill, save, own, keep, transport, and trade protected animals, either alive or dead. "Whoever is proven to cross this law will be charged with 5 years imprisonment and 100 million rupiah fines," added Radius Nursidi.

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