Indonesia arrests five suspected poachers of pregnant tigers

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

Indonesian authorities detained five people in Pelalawan district of Riau province for allegedly poaching and trading body parts of rare Sumatran tigers, an official said yesterday.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 believed to be left within the wild.

Mr Hutapea said police confiscated the four preserved fetuses and a piece of an adult tiger's skin from the suspects, two of whom are believed to have been acting as sellers.

It wasn't clear if the fetuses were taken from the adult tiger whose skin was recovered.

Eduward said they could face charges under articles 40 and 21 of Law No 5/1990 on the conservation of natural resources and their ecosystems, which carry a maximum punishment of five years' imprisonment and a Rp100 million (RM29, 700) fine.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered.

In accordance with wildlife commerce monitoring community Visitors, poaching for commerce is chargeable for almost 80% of Sumatran tiger deaths - amounting to 40 deaths a yr.

The Sunda subspecies of tiger was once found on the Indonesian islands of Java, Bali, and Sumatra. The Riau province, situated in the eastern part of Sumatra, has been seeing an increase in the number of man-tiger incidents.

The Tigers' habitat is being destroyed while the human settlement in this region is seeing the rise of the industries and growth of the agricultural land.

Regardless of intensified conservation and safety measures in components of Sumatra and a few success in curbing markets for tiger bone, there's little proof that poaching has declined considerably on the island because the early 1990s, in response to the WWF.

The police are investigating the link between the poachers to the prospective buyers and keeping them as witnesses to find out their respective roles in the poaching syndicate.

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