COMBATTING WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

Raku is Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela bido) who was brought malnourished with a big wound on his chest. Raku must have been kept as a pet, looking at the primaries feathers that has been cut. This is the second day Raku here and don’t even ask if he is okay or if he could already fly, he couldn’t even stand or move his own two feet. That is the story from Grace Tania, member of Orangufriends Malang who is now doing an internship in Pusat Konservasi Elang Kamojang (Eagle Conservation Center, Kamojang).

Conservation world is not an easy world. Time, energy and mental are drain when we have to face the animals. The animals condition must not be in their best. So, are you still going to keep wild animals as a pet? Are you going to join the ‘animal lover’ community? Are you going to still buy wild animals?

Disconecting the circle of wildlife trade is not an easy task to do. For the last seven years Center for Orangutan Protection has been marching on many wars in wildlife trading. The movement of the transaction that is growing larger in Social Media is now happening. The seller can always accessing the transaction from anywhere and anytime. The growing of ‘wild animals lover community’ is also supporting the wildlife trade.

“The concerns and supports from orangufriends (COP supporters) are what keeps us going; fighting the wildlife trade. “, said Hery Susanto. “Their spirit is what keeps us going, that it is not just us insanely dreams wild animals are supposed to be in their habitats.”
(Grace_Orangufriends)

Raku adalah elang ular juvenile. Raku dibawa dalam kondisi malnutrisi dan dengan luka besar di bagian dada. Raku dulunya sudah pasti dipelihara orang, terlihat dari bulu primernya yang dipotong. Ini sudah hari kedua semenjak Raku diantarkan, tidak usah bertanya apa dia bisa sehat dan terbang, untuk berdiri saja dia belum bisa. Itulah cerita Grace Tania, anggota Orangufriends Malang yang saat ini sedang di Pusat Konservasi Elang Kamojang, Garut.

Dunia konservasi adalah dunia yang tidak mudah. Waktu, tenaga dan mental terkuras saat berhadapan langsung dengan satwa. Kondisi satwa yang dihadapi sudah pasti tidak dalam kondisi terbaiknya. Lalu… kamu masih memelihara satwa liar? Lalu kamu tetap bergabung dengan komunitas-komunitas ‘pecinta’ satwa? Kamu masih membeli satwa liar?

Memutus rantai perdagangan satwa liar bukanlah hal yang mudah.
Tujuh tahun terakhir ini, Centre for Orangutan Protection berusaha memerangi perdagangan satwa liar ini. Pergeseran transaksi pedagang mulai dari pasar burung ke dunia media sosial pun terjadi. Perdagangan pun semakin marak dengan semakin mudahnya akses internet di seluruh penjuru bumi. Kemunculan komunitas-komunitas ‘pecinta’ satwa semakin mendukung perdagangan via online ini.

“Kepedulian orangufriends (kelompok pendukung orangutan) memberi semangat baru kepada kami, untuk terus memerangi kejahatan terhadap satwa liar.”, ujar Hery Susanto. “Semangat mereka menjadi semangat kami, bahwa tak hanya kami, yang gila, bermimpi, satwa liar tempatnya di alam.”. (Grace_Orangufriends)

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