ONE MONTH LEFT FOR HAPPI TO ENTER THE FOREST SCHOOL

One month left for Happi to be able to join her foru seniors that play in forest school. This afternoon Happi came back to her enclosure to take a nap..

Happi is one of the orangutan rescued back in August 29th 2016. She’s not more than 1 year old. She is very young. Orangutan babies resembles very much to human babies, very dependent to their mothers. It’s so tragic, Happi lost her mom and ends up in COP Borneo’s clinic, East Borneo. Where did her mother go?

Since the beginning of September, Centre for Orangutan Protection started a campaign ‘Terror of Air Riffles’ through petition on https://www.change.org/p/kapolri-hapuskan-perburuan-dengan-senapan-angin-terorsenapanangin-divhumaspolri

How easy it is to purchase an air-riffle and how common it is used to injure or even kill wild life especially orangutan was the background of the campaign.

SEBULAN LAGI HAPPI MASUK SEKOLAH HUTAN

Masih sebulan lagi, Happi baru bisa bergabung dengan keempat seniornya yang bermain di sekolah hutan. Siang ini Happi kembali ke kandang untuk tidur siang…
Happi adalah orangutan yang diselamatkan pada 29 Agustus 2016 yang lalu. Usianya tidak lebih satu tahun. Masih sangat kecil sekali. Bayi orangutan sangat mirip dengan bayi manusia, sangat tergantung sekali dengan ibunya. Sungguh tragis, Happi harus kehilangan ibunya dan berakhir di kandang klinik COP Borneo, Kalimantan Timur. Kemana ibunya?

Sejak awal September Centre for Orangutan Protection memulai kampanye Senapan Angin adalah teror satwa liar lewat petisi https://www.change.org/p/kapolri-hapuskan-perburuan-dengan-senapan-angin-terorsenapanangin-divhumaspolri
Keprihatinan begitu mudahnya senapan angin diperoleh dan dipergunakan untuk melukai bahkan membunuh satwa liar khususnya orangutan merupakan landasan kampanye #antisenapanangin di tahun 2014. Jika kamu tidak menginginkan, orangutan menjadi yatim dan terpaksa masuk ke pusat rehabilitasi, segera tanda tangani petisi tersebut. Save or Delete, You Decide!

COP COMBAT ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

Forest clearing to make way for new palm oil plantations is occurring on a massive scale in Sumatra and Kalimantan. This has clearly had a big impact on the illegal wildlife trade in Indonesia. As a result of the clearing, it is getting easier to obtain wildlife, especially those with the greatest monetary value like primates and big cats. Government control over traditional bird markets which are used to trade wildlife has increased and as a result, traders are moving online.

Social media platforms like Facebook play a large role in facilitating the market for illegal wildlife trade. Keeping of protected wildlife used to only be done by certain parts of society as a symbol of status and power. Now, it has spread to all parts of society, especially young people. Young people like to communicate via virtual groups. Traders often enter these groups, posing as members and offer their trades. These groups often become off-line groups which meet in person while the trader hides behind their fake identify and account.

Education and awareness raising efforts of COP and Animals are often met with resistance. Traders fight back and challenge law enforcement. COP and Animals believe that prison is the best classroom for them to learn lessons about wildlife protection.

Specialised strategies are needed to enforce the law and make sure that information about operations is not leaked. The monetary value associated with illegal wildlife trade means that it attracts corrupt officials and even those within wildlife conservation such as veterinarians have been found to be involved. Rivalry between law enforcement agencies is also a challenge.
In the last five years, COP and Animals, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, have carried out 28 operations, have saved 200 live animals including 25 orangutans, 5 bears, 16 Javan langurs and 16 slow lorises. Cases involving orangutan and tigers usually involve professional and highly experienced traders. The value of the transactions can range from 10 to 200 million rupiah ($US 1,000-20,0000).

22 people have been imprisoned for illegal wildlife trade with sentences ranging from 6 months to 2,5 years. The length of the sentence does not seem to be a deterrent to traders. In our experience, some traders return to selling after being released from prison and others change profession and undertake other criminal work resulting from new relationships that they formed in prison.
COP still believes that law enforcement is the best way to tackle the illegal wildlife trade because this issue is not related to ignorance or poverty. We are dealing with sick people who are proud to break the law and are blinded by the benefits of this illegal activity.

CAMPAIGN #terorsenapanangin

Yesterday was a great day. 13 organisations stand up for wild animals in 11 different cities in Indonesia. They urge total ban for using air gun in hunting. Virtually, almost 3000 people signed the petition and the numbers keep growing fastlly. Let see, whether this campaign going viral internationally or not. It is depend on how hard we work today. Keep spirit up.

Join with this campaign #terorsenapanangin (teror of air rifle)
change.org/terorsenapanangin

Kemarin sungguh luar biasa. 13 organisasi berjuang bersama untuk satwa liar. Mereka menyerukan boikot total penggunaan senapan angin untuk berburu. Di dunia maya. hampir 3000 orang sudah menandatangi petisi dan angka itu terus tumbuh dengan cepat. Kita lihat saja, apakah kampanye ini meluas ke dunia internasional atau tidak. Semua bergangtung pada upaya kita hari ini. Tetap semangat.

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