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International wildlife syndicate arrested in Bali      

international wildlife syndicate arrested in bali

The Natural Resources Conservation Centre of the Forestry Department in Bali (BKSDA Bali), with the help of HSI project partner ProFauna Indonesia, succeeded last week in apprehending a wildlife syndicate involving two Japanese smugglers.

After receiving information from ProFauna Indonesia and International Animal Rescue (IAR), BKSDA Bali staged an operation and managed to arrest the men and seize 16 rare species, including an endangered Javan Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus bartelsi).

In addition to the two Japanese traders, BKSDA Bali also caught five Indonesian men who were allegedly involved in the international syndicate and were acting as messengers and middlemen.

The eagles were taken from locations in East Java, and were carried in a truck heading to Denpasar in Bali. Crammed into plastic gutter pipes and then packed in baggage, the wildlife was intended to be smuggled to Japan.

The arrest of the international wildlife syndicate in Bali has demonstrated that Bali is still a vulnerable exit point of international wildlife smuggling. Chairman of ProFauna Indonesia, Rosek Nursahid, stated ' The authorities should make a full investigation of the allegations of the Japanese men's involvement in several cases of smuggling. This case shows there are some allegedly corrupt officers of Ngurah Rai airport in Bali.'  According to ProFauna's records, some protected wildlife were successfully smuggled to Mumbai, India, through Ngurah Rai airport. The authorities are still investigating this case.

The illegal trade violates the 1990 Wildlife Act Number 5 concerning the Conservation of Natural Resources and the Ecosystem. The offenders are liable to a five year prison term and a 100 million IDR (10,000 USD) fine. ProFauna is encouraging the authorities to fully enforce the law on the allegedly corrupt officers of Ngurah Rai airport who are involved in illegal activities involving the international trade in wildlife.
HSI is proud to have funded ProFauna's valuable work for over 10 years.
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