Sunday, 16 March 2008

Orangutan carnage in Indonesia

Extract from an article published in The Jakarta Post, 11th December 2007

"The Indonesian government has long come under pressure from the international community to protect orangutan species and prevent rampant trafficking of the primates.

To make it worse, forest fires and land clearing have been an added threat to the orangutan population.

The ministry says deforestation has directly and indirectly led to the death of 3,000 orangutans per year since the 1970s."

(Note from Nature Alert) In other words, the government admits to the killing/deaths of 90,000 + orangutans. Knowing the government's tendancy to be economical with the truth,
this figure is likely to be an underestimate.