8 MONTH JAIL SENTENCE FOR LANGUR TRAFFICKER

It’s been four months since the arrest of a wildlife trafficker in Pasar, Petunjungan village, Paiton, Probolinggo, East Java on the 21st of October 2015, by Probolinggo police and the East Java Conservation and Natural Resources Agency, alongside the Centre for Orangutan Protection. The team secured 5 Javan Langurs at the house of the culprit, which was being used as a warehouse for housing wildlife. The Kraksaan District Court decided that the defendant, Muhamad Fatah Yasin, would receive 8 months imprisonment as well as a fine of 50 million rupiah ($3700 USD), with a 2 month subsidiary jail sentence.

“The verdict, read on the 4th of February 2016, has sharpened the blades in the war against wildlife trafficking.” States Daniek Hendarto, Manager of the Centre for Orangutan Protection Anti-Wildlife Crime Unit.

Throughout 2015, COP carried out several operations in the capture of wildlife traffickers. Within these 5 operations, 57 wild animals were successfully secured by the associated groups and government departments. Four of the criminals involved in these 5 cases have already, or are currently, carrying out their punishments. The Garut operation managed to secure a Sumatran Orangutan, with the culprit Dicky Rusvinda receiving a prison sentence of 1 year and 6 months. In the Surabaya operation 13 eagles were retrieved, and the culprit Paska Aditya was sentenced with 7 months imprisonment and a fine of 2.5 million rupiah ($186 USD). Meanwhile the harshest sentence received was the decision made by the Langsa District Court in which Ramadhani, an accused trafficker of 3 baby Sumatran orangutans, received 2 years imprisonment and a fine of 50 million rupiah ($3700 USD), with subsidiary jail time of 3 months. (YUN)

PEDAGANG LUTUNG JAWA PROBOLINGGO DIVONIS 8 BULAN PENJARA

Empat bulan setelah kasus penangkapan pedagang satwa di dusun Pasar, desa Petunjungan, Kecamatan Paiton, kabupaten Probolinggo, Jawa Timur pada 21 Oktober 2015 oleh Polres Probolinggo dan BBKSDA Jawa Timur bersama Centre for Orangutan Protection. Pada saat itu tim mengamankan 5 (lima) ekor Lutung Jawa di rumah terdakwa yang merupakan gudang penyimpanan satwa. Pengadilan Negeri Krakasan memutuskan, terdakwa Muhamad Fatah Yasin pidana penjara 8 (delapan) bulan dan denda sebesar Rp 50.000.000,00 (lima puluh juta rupiah), subsider 2 (dua) bulan pidana kurungan.

“Putusan yang dibacakan pada 4 Februari 2016 itu semakin menajamkan mata pisau perang melawan perdagangan satwa liar.”, tegas Daniek Hendarto, Manajer Anti Wildlife Crime Centre for Orangutan Protection.

Sepanjang tahun 2015, COP melakukan operasi bersama dalam menangkap perdagangan satwa liar. Dalam 5 kali operasinya tercatat 57 satwa yang berhasil diamankan bersama pihak-pihak terkait. Kelima operasi penegakkan hukum tersebut, empat pelaku sudah dan sedang menjalani hukumannya. Operasi Garut berhasil menyelamatkan satu orangutan Sumatera, dengan terdakwa Dicky Rusvinda dihukum 1 tahun 6 bulan. Operasi Surabaya yang menyelamatkan 13 Elang, terdakwa Paska Aditya mendapat vonis 7 bulan penjara dan denda Rp 2.500.000,00. Sementara itu hukuman terberat adalah Putusan Pengadilan Negeri Langsa yang menjatuhi terdakwa Ramadhani, pedagang 3 bayi orangutan Sumatera dengan hukuman 2 tahun penjara dan denda Rp 50.000.000,00 (lima puluh juta rupiah) subsider 3 bulan penjara. (YUN)

AGAIN, ORANGUTANS BURNED

Facebook users were shocked by photos of two orangutans burned to death because of forest fire in Belimbing, West-Bontang, East Borneo. The photos show a female orangutan and her baby died in the fire until there is no hair remains.

Together with BKSDA Est-Borneo, the Kutai National Park officers, and Bontang Police, APE Crussader arrived on the location on Sunday afternoon, Februari 21, 2016. COP’s team has not got a lot of additional data because the bodies of orangutans were already buried nearby the location.

One of the instructions in order to determine the cause of the deaths was to perform an autopsy on the corpse of these orangutans. Beside, a chronological investigation to the occurrence has also to be done.

“This case has become viral on social media and the international community. The world challenges and highlights us, if we can finish this case of unnatural death of orangutans to its conclusion.” said Ramadhani, COP’s Director of Operations.

In Article 21 paragraph (2) letter a in conjunction with Article 40 paragraph (2) of UU No. 5 1990 on Conservation of Biological Resources and ecosystems sentences an imprisonment of 5 (five) years in prison and a maximum fine of Rp 100,000,000.00 (One hundred million rupiah) for capturing, injuring, killing, keeping, owning, raising, transporting and trading protected animals alive.

For further information and interviews please contact:
Ramadhani
Director of Operations of Centre for Orangutan Protection
email: dhani@cop.or.id
HP: 081349271904

LAGI ORANGUTAN TERPANGGANG

Media Social Facebook diramaikan dengan beredarnya foto orangutan mati terpanggang karena pembakaran lahan di kelurahan Belimbing, kecamatan Bontang Barat, Kalimantan Timur. Dalam foto terlihat orangutan mati terbakar hingga tidak ada sisa rambut atau bulunya disertai dengan kematian anaknya.

Siang, 21 Februari 2016 tim APE Crusader berada di lokasi kejadian bersama BKSDA Kalimantan Timur, Balai Taman Nasional Kutai dan Polres Bontang. Tim Centre for Orangutan Protection belum banyak mendapat data tambahan karena mayat orangutan sudah terlanjur dikubur dekat lokasi kejadian.

Salah satu petunjuk agar mengetahui asal usul kematian orangutan adalah dengan melakukan otopsi terhadap mayat otangutan. Serta melakukan penyelidikan kronologis secara menyeluruh terjadinya kebakaran yang mengakibatkan kematian satwa liar yang dilindungi ini.

“Kasus ini sudah menjadi viral di media sosial dan dunia Internasional. Kita ditantang dan disorot oleh dunia, apakah kita bisa menyelesaikan kasus kematian orangutan tidak wajar ini hingga tuntas.”, ujar Ramadhani, Direktur Operasional COP.

Pada pasal 21 ayat (2) huruf a jo pasal 40 ayat (2) Undang-undang No. 5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Sumber Daya Alam Hayati dan ekosistemnya mengancam hukuman penjara paling lama 5 (lima) tahun penjara dan denda paling banyak Rp 100.000.000,00 (seratus juta rupiah) bagi orang yang menangkap, melukai, membunuh, menyimpan, memiliki, memelihara, mengangkut dan memperniagakan satwa yang dilindungi dalam keadaan hidup.

Untuk informasi dan wawancara lebih lanjut silahkan menghubungi:
Ramadhani
Direktur Operasional Centre for Orangutan Protection
email : dhani@cop.or.id
HP : 081349271904

GOING RAFTING AND HELPING ORANGUTANS

“Exciting! Playing together in water, hanging with friends and meeting new friends.”, That was the participants said about Fun Rafting For Orangutan, on Sunday February 21. The idea of this Fun Rafting is to donate for Orangutans in COP’s Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in a fun way. This fun rafting was initiated by Orangufriends. Orangufriends is COP’s supporting group, which always has thousands ways to help orangutans.

Experienced instructors guided the participants to go rafting in Elo River, Magelang. The participants learn the safety procedure before going down to the river. How to paddle in passing the rapids, even if they fell out of the boat.

“Thirty eight participants took part in this fund raising event. Before going rafting, we presented some photos and videos about COP’s efforts in saving Orangutans and other wildlife in Indonesia. We hope that Orangutan rescue could be performed by anyone and in any way, one of them is by donating in a fun way.”, said Zakia, the Orangufriends Coordinator.

“I love water, I like rafting and I like animals.”, That was the reason why Charlotte Garnier, a student of Faculty of Economics UGM from France participated in this Fun Rafting. Let’s see Orangufriends’ next unique idea in helping Orangutans! (DAN)

BERMAIN ARUNG JERAM DAN MEMBANTU ORANGUTAN

“Seru! Main basah-basahan, berkumpul dengan teman dan ketemu teman baru.”, itu adalah sebagian ungkapan peserta Fun Rafting For Orangutan pada Minggu 21 Februari yang lalu. Konsep arung jeram berdonasi untuk Pusat Rehabilitasi Orangutan COP Borneo di Kalimantan Timur yang menyenangkan ini digagas oleh Orangufriends. Kelompok pendukung Centre for Orangutan Protection yang bergabung di Orangufriends, yang memang punya seribu satu cara untuk membantu orangutan.

Instruktur berpengalaman memandu peserta mengarungi derasnya sungai Elo, kabupaten Magelang. Peserta mendapatkan materi safety procedur sebelum turun ke sungai. Bagaimana mendayung melewati jeram, bahkan jika peserta terjatuh dari perahu.

“Ada tigapuluh delapan peserta yang ikut. Sebelum berarung jeram, acara having fun, while raising fund dengan melihat foto-foto dan video tentang upaya COP menyelamatkan orangutan dan satwa liar di Indonesia. Kita berharap upaya penyelamatan orangutan bisa dilakukan siapa saja dan dengan cara apa saja, salah satunya berdonasi dan menyenangkan.”, kata Zakia, Koordinator Orangufriends COP.

“Saya suka air, saya suka rafting dan saya suka binatang.”, itulah yang menjadi alasan kenapa Charlotte Garnier, mahasiswa Fakultas Ekonomi UGM Yogyakarta asal Perancis ini ikut dalam fun rafting kali ini. Kita tunggu cara unik Orangufriends untuk menyebarkan peduli orangutan. (DAN)

A WILDLIFE TRADER WAS ARRESTED IN BANTUL

COP bersama Badan Reserse Kriminal Kepolisian Republik Indonesia dan Jakarta Animal Aid Network berhasil menyelamatkan bayi beruang madu dari tangan pedangang satwa liar di Bantul, Yogyakarta. Pada 8 Februari 2016 itu, tim juga mengamankan tiga ekor Ular Sanca Bodo, tigabelas anakan Merak, satu Elang Bondol Hitam, satu binturong dan satu bayi Lutung yang semua barang bukti tersebut dititipkan ke Lembaga Konservasi Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) Yogyakarta.

Tim Mabes Polri menangkap MZ di tempat tinggalnya Bantul, Yogyakarta. Diduga, MZ adalah pedagang besar satwa liar ilegal untuk wilayah Yogyakarta dan Jawa Tengah.

“Tersangka akan menghadapi pasal 21 ayat (2) huruf a Jo Pasal 40 ayat (2) undang-undang nomor 5 Tahun 1990 tentang Konservasi Sumbaer Daya Alama Hayati dan Ekosistemnya dengan ancaman hukuman penjara paling lama 5 (lima) tahun penjara dan denda paling banyak Rp 100.000.000,00 (seratus juta rupiah).”, kata Daniek Hendarto, manajer Anti Wildlife Crime Centre for Orangutan Protection.

OWI’S DIARY Part I

My name is Owi, I realized it since every time they wanted to give me fruits or asked me to play, they always said that word and I became familiar with the word. It has been almost one year since I was away from home, its colour, its smell, its exuberance, its hustle, its silence; and during that time I have been apart from my mother.

At that time, my vision was still poor and I was always stuck on her chest, before someday in the afternoon a small boom shocked us, right after a flash of light from below, from something that was held by a creature standing on two legs instead of climbing tree, he stayed on the ground.  It was so quick, in a sudden I felt my mother wobbled. Her grip on the tree branches weakened, staggered and slowly slumped before falling to the ground. Fresh red blood flowed from my mother’s chest, just one knuckle from my head. Her heartbeats were getting weaker, her body was getting cold, her face was pale. He tried hard to look at me and say one or two words, but she could not. Tears flowed slowly on her cheeks before mother did not move at all. I just shivered in my helplessness.

The creatures moved slowly approaching us, his steps were voiced by leaves and small twigs crushed by his feet which seemed have no fingers, something seemed to cover and weigh them. He took me, lifted my body, drowned me in his arms and took me away, stepped away from my mother after telling her friend to take care of my mother’s body. I cried, simply because I didn’t understand. At that time, I had no idea at all that that’s going to be my last time I saw my mother and felt her warm caress. (MBO)

CATATAN HARIAN OWI bagian 1

Namaku Owi, aku menyadarinya sejak setiap mereka ingin memberiku buah-buahan atau mengajakku bermain, mereka selalu mengucapkan kata itu dan aku pun menjadi akrab dengan kata itu. Sudah hampir satu tahun aku merasa jauh dari rumah, warnanya, bebauannya, kerimbunannya, keramaiannya serta kesenyapannya, dan selama itu pula aku berpisah dengan Ibu.

Waktu itu mataku masih remang untuk sanggup melihat dan aku masih selalu menempel pada dadanya, sebelum pada suatu sore suara dentuman mengagetkan kami, tepat setelah kilatan cahaya kecil dari bawah, dari sesuatu yang dipegang suatu makhluk yang berdiri dengan dua kakinya dan bukannya memanjat pohon, dia malah di tanah. Kejadian itu seperti kilat, seketika aku merasakan tubuh Ibu goyah, pegangannya terhadap cabang pohon melemah, terhuyung dan perlahan menggelosor sebelum akhirnya jatuh ke permukaan tanah. Cairan merah segar mengalir deras dari dada Ibu, hanya berjarak satu ruas jari dari kepalaku berada. Detak di dadanya semakin melemah, badannya terasa semakin dingin, sayup-sayup wajahnya kosong dan pucat. Tampak dia berusaha keras menatapku dan mengucapkan satu dua kata, namun tak sanggup. Air mata mengalir pelan menjadi ngarai-ngarai kecil pada pipinya sebelum Ibu tidak bergerak sama sekali. Aku hanya menggigil diam dalam ketidakberdayaanku.

Langkah makhluk itu perlahan mendekat, disuarakan oleh daun dan ranting kecil yang remuk oleh pijak kakinya yang nampak tidak berjari, sepertinya sesuatu menyelimuti serta membebani kaki berdirinya. Dia mengambilku, mengangkat tubuh kecilku, menenggelamkanku dalam pelukannya dan membawaku pergi, melangkah menjauhi Ibu setelah menyuruh sebangsanya mengurus tubuh itu. Aku menangis di antara sejenak, hanya karena tidak paham. Sama sekali pada waktu itu tidak ada pikiran bahwa hari itu adalah terakhir kalinya aku melihat Ibuku dan hari terakhir aku merasakan hangat peluknya. (MBO)

THIS IS WHAT SHOULD BE DONE FOR WILD ANIMALS BY THE MINISTER FOR INTERNAL AFFAIRS

Indonesian cyberspace has blown up after TV ONE aired an interview with the Minister for Internal Affairs, Cahyo Kumolo. In this program, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle politician proudly displayed his collection of preserved tigers, leopards and bears, and shared the story of how he came to own the collection. This immediately sparked a great protest and was promptly dealt with in a positive way. The minister’s entire collection was surrendered to the Jakarta Conservation and Natural Resources Agency to be destroyed. But is this ‘problem solved’?

It seems that giving gifts to government officials, in the form of both live and preserved exotic animals, has become tradition in Indonesia. This is a portrait of an indifferent and arrogant attitude. As if government officials are not aware of the rules and regulations! It must be admitted that one of Indonesia’s social problems is a lack of good role models.

Nevertheless, COP and Animals Indonesia believe that we as the citizens of Indonesia have to keep moving forward. Don’t just keep pointing the finger. Cahyo Kumolo, as Minister for Internal Affairs, should have taken full advantage of this incident as best he could to correct his mistake and assist in efforts for wildlife conservation.

The easiest way would be to put in place a policy which would prohibit all national officials from giving or receiving gifts of wild animals, or keeping collections.

If this was carried out, it would be a huge step forward as the number of government employees is at least 5 million, and it would surely make a great impact.

INI YANG HARUSNYA DILAKUKAN MENDAGRI PADA SATWA LIAR

Dunia maya Indonesia geger setelah TV ONE menyiarkan wawancaranya dengan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Cahyo kumolo. Dalam tayangan tersebut, politisi PDIP itu memamerkan koleksi awetan harimau, macan dan beruang. Dia menceritakan bagaimana mendapatkan koleksinya. Hal ini mengundang protes besar dan hebatnya lagi langsung ditanggapi dengan positif. Seluruh koleksinya diserahkan ke BKSDA Jakarta untuk dimusnahkan. Apakah persoalan selesai?

Nampaknya, memberikan hadiah kepada seorang pejabat, baik berupa satwa hidup dan awetan sudah menjadi tradisi di Indonesia. Ini adalah potret sikap masa bodoh dan arogansi. Tidak mungkin para pejabat tersebut tidak tahu pada aturan dan perundang-undangan. Harus diakui bahwa salah satu masalah sosial di Indonesia adalah krisisnya keteladanan baik.

Namun demikian, COP dan Animals menilai bahwa kita sebagai bangsa harus terus bergerak maju. Jangan berhenti pada saling tuding. Sudah seharusnya Cahyo Kumolo selaku Mendagri memanfaatkan momen ini sebaik baiknya untuk mengkoreksi kesalahan dan membantu upaya konservasi satwa liar. Cara yang paling mudah adalah dengan membuat kebijakan yang melarang seluruh aparatur negara memberikan dan menerima hadiah berupa satwa liar, termasuk mengkoleksinya.

Jika ini dilaksanakan, ini bakal menjadi sebuah gerakan besar yang berdampak besar karena jumlah pegawai negeri di Indonesia setidaknya mencapai lima juta orang.

SOUND FOR ORANGUTAN MELBOURNE

February 6 at Rubix, Melbourne, Hardi Baktiantoro (COP Principle) talked about the general work that The Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) do all over Indonesia and Vet Imam Arifin’s presentation showed the progress so far of the Orangutan Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre COP were building in Labanan, East Kalimantan.
COP would like to thank all who came and supported the Melbourne SOUND for ORANGUTAN, SAVE the ORANGUTANS Fundraiser to help us help orangutans, and big thanks to all the DJ’s, Lighting Talent & Tech Talent who donated their amazing skills, the venue and the biggest thank you to Lukey from Universal Tribe Records and Bev from With Compassion & Soul.

THEM , AFTER COP SCHOOL

Elizabeth, Syaifulloh and Satria are alumni of COP School Batch #1. Along with Alivia, which is an alumni of COP School Batch #5, they are currently attending a training on Enrichment Facility to Improve Animal Welfare held by BOS Foundation. Now they run the Animal Rescue Center in South Sumatra and East Kalimantan .

Meanwhile, veterinarian Ade Fitria, an alumni of COP School Batch #2 is attending a training on Animals Eye Treatment on IAR ORANGUTAN Rescue Center in Ketapang. Her colleague, Paulinus, an alumni of Batch #1 is currently in Japan to meet up with the supporters and to present about forest protection from fire and palm oil .

For those who want to seriously engage to the world of nature conservation , COP School is the right choice . Please contact hery@cop.or.id for more informations and registration.

MEREKA, SETELAH COP SCHOOL

Elizabeth, Syaifulloh dan Satria adalah siswa COP School Batch 1, bersama Alivia yang merupakan siswa COP School Batch #5 saat ini sedang mengikuti pelatihan Pengkayaan Fasilitas untuk Meningkatkan Kesejahteraan Satwa di Yayasan BOS. Mereka adalah para alumni COP School yang sekarang mengelola Pusat Penyelamatan Satwa di Sumatra Selatan dan Kalimantan Timur.

Sementara itu, dokter hewan Ade Fitria siswa COP School Batch #2 sedang berada di Pusat Penyelamatan ORANGUTAN IAR di Ketapang untuk menjalani pelatihan Pengobatan Mata Satwa. Rekannya yang lain, PAULINUS siswa COP School Batch #1 sedang berada di Jepang untuk bertemu dengan para pendukung dan mempresentasikan perlindungan hutan dari kelapa sawit dan kebakaran. 


Bagi kalian yang ingin serius terjun dalam dunia konservasi alam, COP School adalah pilihan yang tepat. 
E-mail ke : hery@cop.or.id untuk mendaftar.

ONE WORLD FESTIVAL JAPAN

2015 was the year that Kalimantan burned. The airports of five Kalimantan provinces were almost completely out of action. The COP Borneo Rehabilitation Centre was on standby. Centre for Orangutan Protection even stepped in to help extinguish fires at Wein River, East Kalimantan, and alongside Hutan Group with the Friends of the National Parks Foundation, in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan.

In the annual event One World Festival in Osaka, Japan, COP and Hutan Group had the opportunity to speak about the fires that had engulfed the whole of Kalimantan, on the 6th and 7th of February 2016. In addition, Hutan Group also made efforts during the event to raise funds and campaign for the protection of natural forests from Palm oil and fires.

Tahun 2015 adalah tahun dimana Kalimantan terbakar. Bandara lima provinsi Kalimantan hampir lumpuh total. Pusat Rehabilitasi COP Borneo siaga. Centre for Orangutan Protection pun turut membantu memadamkan kebakaran di sungai Wein, Kalimantan Timur dan bersama Hutan Group dengan FNPF di Taman Nasional Tanjung Puting, Kalimantan Tengah.

Pada kegiatan tahunan, One World Festival di Osaka, Jepang, COP dan Hutan Group berkesempatan menceritakan kebakaran yang melanda Kalimantan keseluruhan pada tanggal 6 dan 7 Februari 2016. Selain itu HUTAN Group berusaha menggalang dana sekaligus mengkampanyekan perlindungan hutan dari kelapa sawit dan kebakaran di acara tahunan itu.

A BEAR CUB SAVED FROM ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

COP applaud Bali Wildlife Authority for rapidly response our report. A bear cub have saved from illegal wildlife trade. During 2015, COP saved 4 orangutan babies and another 78 wildlife, including bears and clouded leopard from black market. Wildlife trade is one of the main threat for Indonesian wildlife. According to Interpol, this illicit business is biggest one after drug trade and then weapons.

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