Trafficking of protected wild animals continues to occur. This is because the animals are considered to have high economic value.
“The higher economic value means that people are increasingly interested in doing business illegally (against protected animals),” said Kasubdit I Dittipidter Bareskrim Police Kombes Adi Karya at KKP Building, Bareskrim Police, Jalan Merdeka Timur.
Adi said the illegal business trade is a form of serious crimes against wildlife. Usually, in addition to being trafficked, protected animals are also vulnerable to abuse and torture or preserved.
Adi gave an example of a hippo case that was fed with alcoholic drinks by youths in Taman Safari, Bogor, West Java, some time ago.
“Violence against animals (hippopotamus) .In the law of the event there is torture of animals but if animals are protected under the Act KSDAE (Conservation Law of biological natural resources and ecosystem No. 5 of 1990)” said Adi.
Adi said during 2015 to 2017, there are 25 cases of trade crimes, possession and smuggling of protected animals handled by Bareskrim. Of the 25 cases, there are six foreigners.
“The case of protected animals handled by Dittipiter Bareskrim in 2015 are 7 cases with foreign nationals of one foreign citizen, in 2016 there are 7 cases of foreign national suspect and in year 2017 there are 11 cases with 5 foreigners suspect,” said Adi.
25 cases of pangolin trading, jungle cats, sun bears, orangutans, Javanese eagles, gibbons, slow lorises, Sumatran tigers, elephant tusks and yellow crested cockatoos.
“The perpetrators are charged with Article 21 Paragraph (2) Juncto Article 49 Paragraph (2) of Law Number 5 Year 1990 on KSDAE, five years imprisonment and a fine of not more than Rp 100 million,” said Adi