Friday, 29 February 2008

Another orangutan victim. Shame on the government of Indonesia

29th February 2008

This baby orangutan was bought by a mining worker of PT. HARITA. The price
to buy it from him is about £27 (about US$54).

It is located in the village of Banjarsari Kendawangan. The Forestry Ranger who was made aware of this (illegally held) baby orangutan dared not attempt to confiscate it as the owner demanded compensation.

No one should pay for orangutans as it only creates a market and encourages loggers etc to capture more in the hope they can sell them.

The baby orangutan, having seen its mother killed, remains in these terrible conditions whilst COP attempts this weekend to persuade the Forestry Department to mount a more robust rescue.