Police confiscate tiger skin being sold illegally

Police confiscated the skin of a rare tiger which was being sold illegally.

 On January 31 2019, the North Sumatra Regional Police disclosed the morbid findings which had been retrieved as part of an investigation into the trafficking of animal organs in the Gunung Leuser National Park area in North Sumatra, Indonesia.

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These included a sheet of Sunda clouded leopard’s pelt, a knife case made from elephant’s tusks and the pelt of a Sumatran tiger, a species to the island which is listed as critically endangered.

The police had disguised themselves as buyers and taken an appointment with suspect ‘IS’, 65, who offered them the three illegal items for a total of 17 million Rupiahs (£1000)

The agents also obtained additional information about two men called ‘H’ and ‘Y’ from Kuala Simpang, in the Aceh province, from whom ‘IS’ had allegedly obtained the illegal goods.

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According to photo-reporter Sutanta Aditya, police arrested suspect IS, but are still looking to find the other two traffickers.

Sutanta said: “It was alleged the suspects are quite experienced hunters and traffickers in the district of Gunung Leuser National Park.

“This is an important case which should be brought to the public’s attention.

“The Sumatran tiger is the king of the Gunung Leuser jungle.

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“We know only humans can do this, so humans must also stop this.

“One way to stop the illegal trafficking is to have zero deforestation, so that humans and wildlife will not get in contact as often and there will be no conflicts between them.”

Sutanta’s words were echoed by those of Kiki Taufik, Global Head of Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Indonesian forests campaign. 

She said “If the government, companies and communities together protect natural resources, there will be no recurring problems, such as forest fires and peatlands and human conflicts with wild animals. 

“We need to look out for each other and save our forests and animals.”