Indonesia kicks off 2021 with a bumper crop of bird seizures

There have been 15 seizures carried out within the Southeast Asian nation recognized for its huge commerce in wild-caught birds that feeds a nationwide ardour for bird-keeping. An estimated 11,559 birds represented by 18 Households have been confiscated in 9 provinces in Indonesia, a overwhelming majority of them reportedly heading to markets in Java. The seizures concerned no less than 17 protected species, that are prohibited from commerce by Indonesian legislation. Moreover, these not listed underneath Indonesia’s protected species checklist have been seized for being transported illegally with out the required transportation and well being permits.These seizures have been made by a number of enforcement businesses together with quarantine, police, port authorities and nature conservation businesses, with the help of conservation teams.

“It’s encouraging to see so many poached birds taken out of the unlawful commerce chain with all these seizures. On the identical time, it’s nothing wanting alarming to see the sheer numbers merchants try to visitors throughout the nation, in some circumstances with a number of seizures a day,” mentioned Kanitha Krishnasamy, Director for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia.

In a unprecedented two days on 25 – 26 January, authorities carried out two seizures on every day totaling virtually 5,000 birds. Given the clandestine nature of trafficking, a far better variety of birds may have been efficiently smuggled throughout this era. 

These seizures are necessary to cease the illegally sourced birds from reaching markets. However to correctly deal with this, Indonesia should place equal emphasis on ridding hen markets of unlawful commerce and lowering the demand that’s driving the commerce”

Serene Chng, Programme officer for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia.

Greater than 50% of all birds seized (almost 6,000 birds) in January alone, have been songbirds from the Households Cisticolidae, which incorporates prinias and tailorbirds, and the Household Sturnidae which incorporates starlings and mynas.

Most of those aren’t at the moment protected however are struggling inhabitants declines within the wild as a result of excessive charges of trapping as a result of unregulated commerce. Prinias seem like focused notably in recent times, with a distinguished presence in lots of giant seizures and growing numbers noticed in markets after 2018.

Leafbirds have been essentially the most incessantly seized household of birds, turning up in smaller volumes in eight of the 14 seizure incidents. All leafbirds are protected in Indonesia. Whereas these and different songbirds looked for hen singing contests dominated the seizures, important numbers of non-songbirds merely favoured as pets, have been additionally seized. This included cockatoos, parrots and lorikeets. 

Lampung province recorded essentially the most seizure incidents of any province, and virtually two-thirds of all birds seized in Indonesia in January. This province sits on the southern tip of Sumatra and is a brief hop to Java the place a few of Indonesia’s largest hen markets are situated. It’s also the house to certainly one of Indonesia’s busiest ports, Bakauheni, which connects Sumatra to Java.

Nonetheless, the biggest single seizure occurred not in Lampung however in close by Jambi province the place authorities seized 2,925 birds that had been transported there with out the required paperwork from additional north in Sumatra. Nearly 90% of the birds discovered on this occasion have been prinias. 

Media experiences file 9 individuals arrested in the course of the course of the 14 seizures however there have been no experiences of prosecutions but.

Securing robust convictions will ship the clearest message to poachers, unlawful merchants and hobbyists that Indonesia is critical about placing an finish to the nation’s unlawful hen commerce downside.”

Serene Chng, Programme officer for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia.

Indonesia is not any stranger to giant scale unlawful wild hen commerce and large seizures – it’s estimated that greater than 45,000 illegally traded dwell birds have been seized in Indonesia from 2018 to 2019. In earlier years, much more birds than seen in these January seizures have been recovered from traffickers in a shorter time span.

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