Don't Buy Wildlife!

Don't Buy Wildlife!Activists of ProFauna Indonesia staged a street demonstration in Sidoarjo City - East Java to increase public awareness not to buy wildlife. In the street campaign held on Sunday, 15th July 2012, dozens of ProFauna activists laid down on the pavement of Taman Pinang to symbolize the wildlife extinction due to the illegal trade.

ProFauna Indonesia's Campaigns Officer, Radius Nursidi, stated, "The illegal wildlife trade has become the main reason of wildlife extinction seconded after habitat loss because most of the traded wildlife are wild caught instead of captive bred." Nursidi added, "For this reason, ProFauna invites the public to help us stop the illegal trade by not buying them".

ProFauna's survey on the illegal trade shows that there are some protected wildlife sold in two locations: Larangan Market and Gading Fajar. According to the latest survey held in July 2012, ProFauna recorded that protected species like the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) and the Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus) were sold on the two sites. The parrots were sold for 1.5 million Indonesia Rupiah (150 USD; 1 USD = 10,000 IDR) each individual. If it keeps going unpunished, the illegal trade will get worse in Sidoarjo.

Meanwhile, the survey held in the neighboring city of Sidoarjo which is also the capital city of East Java; Surabaya; on Kupang, Bratang, and Turi markets in June 2012; it shows that Surabaya remains the main hub of parrot trade. It is easy to find many parrot species like: the chattering lory (Lorius garrulous), white Cockatoo (Cacatua alba), violet-necked lory (Eos squamata), black-capped lory (Lorius lorry), rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), red-breasted parakeet (Psittacula alexandri), red lory (Eos bornea), and Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus); in the three markets. Most parrots are poached from the wild of Papua and Maluku in Eastern Indonesia.

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