RI Suffers Loss of U$1 Billion Due to Animal Trafficking
Jan 19 17:33
"Among the wild animals often be smuggled abroad are birds of paradise, cockatoos, parrots, orang utans, lizards and snakes," he said.
Some 50,000 birds of paradise were smuggled from Jayapura, the capital of Indonesias easternmost province of Papua, to foreign states every year, he said adding that such Indonesian big cities as Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan have been used as gates to smuggle the animals.
Smits said the animals were smuggled to
He also said the animals were traded at around US$50,000 each in European countries although they were bought at Rp 150,000 (US$15.78) to Rp 250,000 back home.
Most of the animals were smuggled from Sumatra,
The rampant smuggling has turned
Smits also said many Indonesian officials brought wild animals as a gift after they finished their duty outside Java island. (*)
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