Talking off the top of my head, I would have thought it is not the
traffickers who one would want to grant amnesties to (prosecute them,
fine them huge amounts of money, put them out of business) but the
people who trap the birds - they are the ones with the knowledge who are
most likely living in the areas where the birds and animals live, and
who need to benefit from their knowledge, perhaps in the form of jobs
associated with caring for these areas - not those who buy from them (no
doubt for very small amounts of money) and traffic the birds overseas
and make the big profits.
I wonder if any authorities, including Australia, have considered
granting a temporary amnesty and subsequent jobs to some traffickers?
It seems (especially in less developed and more junglified countries
like Indonesia) that the faunal knowledge held by these people would
be immense, probably greater in some areas than the knowledge of the
scientific community. Having a few ex-traffickers on the side of the
law ought to make a big difference to a) conservation/scientific
knowledge, and b) law enforcement.
At 07:43 PM 24/06/2009, you wrote:
--- In jack tri prayudhi
> INDONESIAN POLICE REVEALED THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE SYNDICATE IN
SURABAYAMay 11, '09 3:39 PM
> 8 May 2009
> Press Release
INDONESIAN POLICE REVEALED THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE SYNDICATE IN
SURABAYA A team of the East Java Police Department (Polda) with the
assistance of ProFauna Indonesia, a wildlife protection organization in
Indonesia, succeeded in uncovering the illegal wild animals syndicate in
Surabaya, one of the largest centers of animal market in Indonesia (7
May 2009). S, the perpetrator, was caught red-handed possessing 26
protected animals consisting of 10 black-capped Lories (Lorius lorry),
13 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), and three Goffin
Cockatoos (Cacatua goffini). The officers alleged that this trader had
international link as he confessed that he just smuggled five Palm
Cockatoos to Malaysia on Thursday morning.
Providing enforcement help, ProFauna applauded the East Java Police for
its hard working in revealing the illicit parrot trade. Last year, 22nd
May 2008, ProFauna launched a report entitled Pirated Parrots, revealing
the illegal parrot trade in Indonesia. It reported that about 10,000
parrots were caught from the wild of North Halmahera, the Eastern
Indonesia, to supply the domestic and international markets.
60% of the poached birds were sent to Surabaya, the hub of parrot trade
in Java Island. This parrot trade violates the Indonesian wildlife act.
According to the 1990 law number 5 concerning the Conservations of the
Natural Resources and the Ecosystems, the trade of protected wildlife is
prohibited and violators are liable to a maximum five year prison term
and 100 million IDR (10,000 USD) fine.
The arrest of the parrot trader in Surabaya is expected to inspire other
law enforcement agencies in Indonesia to strictly curb the illegal
trade. ProFauna's campaign officer, Tri Prayudhi, stated, "ProFauna
applauds the East Java Police Department to reveal the parrot syndicate
in Surabaya. The arrest led to the involvement of allegedly corrupt
forestry department officer."
ProFauna calls for the authorities to fully implement the law and punish
the violators to the full extent of it. According to ProFauna's records,
the judicial system do not take wildlife crime as serious offence and
punishments are always too small.
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