ORANGUFRIENDS’ EFFORT TO SAVE THE STRANDED PILOT WHALE

PROBOLINGGO – June 15, 2016 29 Pilot Whale were stranded in Pesisir
Village, Gending, Probolinggo, East Java. BPSPL Denpasar, Satker Surabaya,
Section 3 Jember BKSDA East Java, DKP Probolinggo, Koramil Gending, PosAI
Paiton, Veterinary Faculty of Unair and Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN)
together with COP represented by Orangufriends Malang and Animals
Indonesia strive to save those stranded whale. The group of the whales
was stranded possibly because one of them got a problem. Once a whale got
a problem, then the other whales usually help and get themselves
stranded. Pilot Whales have a strong relation among their group members
and will help each other, even though it needs to sacrifice their own
safety.
We tried to get there as soon as possible and hoped that the stranded
whale could be released back to the ocean, hoped Algriawan Bayu in his
way to Probolinggo. Orangufriends Malang together with Animals Indonesia
keep monitoring the beach to check some locations in which some whales are
possibly stuck and to help the medical team to perform necropsy and
autopsy on the corpses of whale discovered.
From 29 stranded whales, 9 were found dead along the beach in Pesisir
Village and one was found dead at Bentar Beach, Probolinggo. (WET)
USAHA MENYELAMATKAN PAUS PILOT YANG TERDAMPAR
PROBOLINGGO – 15 Juni 2016, dua puluh sembilan Paus Pilot terdampar di desa Pesisir, kecamatan Gending, Probolinggo, Jawa Timur. BPSPL Denpasar, Satker Surabaya, Bidang 3 Jember BKSDA Jawa Timur, DKP Probolinggo, Koramil Gending, PosAI Paiton, FKH Unair, Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) lewat Orangufriends dan Animals Indonesia bersama-sama menyelamatkan paus pilot terdampar ini. “Terdamparnya kawanan paus pilot ini kemungkinan disebabkan satu paus mengalamin masalah. Saat satu mengalami masalah, biasanya paus lainnya berusaha untuk membantu dan ikut terdampar. Paus pilot memang memiliki hubungan kekeluargaan yang sangat kuat dan saling menolong, sekalipun mengorbankan keselamatannya sendiri.”, ujar Benvika dari JAAN.
“Berusaha secepatnya tiba di lokasi berpacu dengan waktu dan berharap tadi malam paus-paus yang terdampar berhasil kembali ke lautan.”, harapan Algriawan Bayu dalam perjalanannya. Orangufriends Malang Malang bersama Animals Indonesia menyusuri pantai untuk memeriksa lokasi yang mungkin saja masih ada paus yang terjebak dan membantu tim medis melakukan nekropsi (autopsi) pada mayat paus yang ditemukan.
Dari 29 paus yang terdampar, sembilan ditemukan mati di pantai desa Pesisir dan satu ditemukan mati di pantai Bentar, Probolinggo. (WET)

SUMATRAN TIGER PELT TRADER SENTENCED TO ONLY 6 MONTHS IN JAIL

Jakarta – A weak penalty for a wildlife trader has once again been handed down in South Sumatra. Suharno, also known as Reno, a suspected seller of tiger pelts, was sentenced to just 6 months in jail. This is far from the maximum penalty under Regulation No. 5, 1990, on the Conservation of Natural Living Resources and their Ecosystems, according to which an offender can be hit with a penalty of 5 years in jail and a fine of 100 million rupiah (~$10,000 AUD).
“The verdict of the Palembang District Court is extremely low, giving the suspect only 6 months in jail. This is really disappointing because it was clearly proven that the suspect was trading pelts and bones of Sumatran tigers, which are categorized as protected wildlife,” commented Suwarno, president of Animals Indonesia.
The trader was arrested by the South Sumatran local police force, assisted by COP, Animals Indonesia and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in Lubuk Linggau, South Sumatra, on the 25th of February 2016. The team seized one complete tiger pelt 120cm in length, stored in a plastic bag containing preserving fluid along with 2 kilograms of tiger bones. The trader claimed to have acquired the stock from a tiger hunter in Jambi.
“Sumatran tigers are the only remaining species of tiger in Indonesia, where once there were also Bali tigers and Javan tigers, which have now been declared extinct. The Sumatran tiger’s existence is threatened by habitat loss and hunting for trade. A complete tiger pelt is valued at 50 – 100 million rupiah (~$5000 – 10,000 AUD) depending on its size and condition. The larger it is, the more it is worth. High financial profit and a constant demand for tiger parts allows the cycle of tiger trafficking to continue,” stated Daniek Hendarto, COP Anti-Wildlife Crime Coordinator.
The suspect faced trial in the Palembang District Court, and on the 8th of July 2016 received a sentence of only 6 months in jail. It is time that the government employed regional task forces to ensure effective law enforcement to combat wildlife trafficking. Strict and bold law enforcement is the key to preventing these crimes from occurring again and again.
For further information and interviews, contact:
Daniek Hendarto
COP Anti Wildlife Crime Coordinator
Phone: 081328837434
Email: daniek@cop.or.id
Suwarno
President, Animals Indonesia
Phone: 082233951221
Email: info@animals.id
PEDAGANG KULIT HARIMAU SUMATERA HANYA DIVONIS 6 BULAN PENJARA
Jakarta – Putusan rendah untuk hukuman pelaku perdagangan satwa liar kembali terjadi di Sumatera Selatan. Suharno alias Reno tersangka penjual kulit harimau divonis hukuman rendah dengan 6 bulan penjara saja. Ini sangat jauh dengan hukuman maksimal untuk Undang-Undang no 5 tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Hayati dan Ekosistemnya dimana pelaku kejahatan bisa dijerat dengan hukuman 5 tahun penjara dan denda 100 juta rupiah.
“Putusan hukuman pengadilan negeri Palembang sangat rendah dimana hukuman bagi tersangka hanya 6 bulan saja. Dan ini sangat mengecewakan karena dengan jelas tersangka terbukti memperjualbelikan kulit harimau sumatera beserta tulangnya yang masuk dalam kategori satwa liar dilindungi.”, Suwarno Ketua Animals Indonesia.
Pedagang ini ditangkap oleh tim Polda Sumatera Selatan dibantu COP, Animals dan ZSL di kota Lubuk Linggau, Sumatera Selatan pada tangal 25 Februari 2016. Dari tangan tersangka tim mendapatkan barang bukti berupa 1 kulit harimau utuh ukuran 120 cm yang disimpan dalam plastik berisi cairan pengawet dan tulang harimau seberat 2 kilogram. Pedagang mengaku mendapatkan pasokan dari pemburu harimau di Jambi.
“Harimau Sumatera merupakan salah satu spesies harimau yang tersisa di Indonesia, dimana sebelumnya harimau Bali dan harimau Jawa yang sudah dinyatakan punah. Keberadaan harimau sumatera terancam dengan hilangnya habitat dan perburuan untuk perdagangan. Harga kulit harimau utuh dihargai 50 juta – 100 juta tergantung ukuran dan kondisi. Semakin besar semakin mahal hargannya. Nilai uang yang tinggi dan permintaan yang selalu ada untuk bagian-bagian harimau ini membuat perputaran perdagangan harimau ini terus terjadi.”, Daniek Hendarto, Koordinator Anti Wildlife Crime COP.
Tersangka menjalani sidang di pengadilan negeri Palembang dan pada tanggal 8 Juni 2016 hanya mendapatkan vonis putusan hukuman 6 bulan penjara. Sudah saatnya pemerintah melalui unit kerja di daerah memiliki keinginan yang kuat untuk masalah penegakan hukum kejahatan perdagangan satwa liar. Karena penegakan hukum yang tegas dan berani merupakan kunci untuk menekan kejahatan ini terus terjadi dan berulang kembali.
Untuk Informasi dan wawancara lebih lanjut.
Daniek Hendarto
Anti Wildlife Crime Coordinator COP
Mobile Phone: 081328837434
Email: daniek@cop.or.id
Suwarno
Ketua Animal Indonesia
Mobile Phone: 082233951221
email: info@animals.id

THE APE CRUSADER TEAM JUST SAVED 2 YEARS OLD BABY

Another orangutan just rescued yesterday from a local in Sampit District, Central Kalimantan by the APE Crusader Team and Wildlife Authority (BKSDA). Sampit is the deadliest spot for orangutan as the direct impact of the forest clearing to make for oil palm plantation.
Parjan, this young boy have been kept illegally by Ibu Natun for about 2 years. She found him alone, without mother, in her farm. Parjan, have been treated just like human baby. As he is growing bigger and stronger, he started causing troubles in neighbourhood.
Thanks to the Orangutan Outreach for funding the APE Crusader Team. More than 100 orangutans have been treated since its inception in 2008.

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