An animal rights organization urges Indonesian authorities to intervene in “serious wildlife crime” in the ongoing sales of baby primates at the Satria Bird Market in Denpasar.
Long-tailed macaques imported from the island of Sumatra are openly sold each month to Satria, according to the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN).
“In Bali, we see a large number of primates being sold openly in the Satria market,” JAAN wrote in a statement. “All our reports to authorities requesting intervention remain unanswered. ”
The organization said many tourists and visitors end up buying the monkeys out of pity, but most don’t know what to do with them afterward. JAAN added that although long-tailed macaques are recognized as a “vulnerable” species internationally, they have yet to receive protection in Indonesia.
Selling baby primates in these types of markets, JAAN explained, violates existing Indonesian regulations, including section 302 on animal abuse under the Criminal Code (KUHP) and the 2019 Law on Animal Abuse. agriculture and animal health.
In the past two months, JAAN said Indonesian authorities confiscated 36 baby primates that were on their way to be shipped to Java and Bali, illustrating “the scale of the problem.”
“This cruelty must stop and we call for serious intervention from the Bali government to protect Indonesian primates and wildlife [sic]”JAAN wrote.
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