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Director-General Wiratno: We`ll Take Away Their Animals
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Thursday, 23 November, 2017 | 11:26 WIB
Director-General Wiratno: We`ll Take Away Their Animals

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Ministry for the Environment and Forestry faces a major challenge in their protected wildlife conservation program. The ministry’s intensive campaign has demonstrably failed to raise public awareness and to ensure compliance with regulations when it comes to preserving protected animals.

According to Wiratno, Director-General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation at the Ministry for the Environment and Forestry, many people are still in illegal possession of protected animals. "They’re actually educated people," he said.

He conceded that government officials also commit this violation. During a nearly two-hour interview, Wiratno, Director for Biodiversity Conservation Bambang Dahono Adji, and Chief of the West Java Natural Resource Conservation Center Sustyo Iriyono took turns answering questions from Tempo at the end of last October.

 

Why do many government officials keep unauthorized protected wildlife?

Besides these officials, many people are in possession of unauthorized animals. But first I want to gather the data from various BKSDA (Natural Resource Conservation Centers).

 

Are these animals not being monitored by the ministry?

Some of them have authorization. However, we ask that government officials voluntarily turn in their illegal animals. They must set an example for the public?

 

Have some turned them in?

Some do not want to because a questioning file must be made and they must voluntarily admit that they have violated some articles of law. They’re required to confess (to violating the law). But they object because they feel that they would be properly handing over the animals, so why should they admit to violation.

 

Has authorization been given for the protected birds in Zukifli Hasan’s possession?

He has (these birds), so he must have documents. Are there documents? (Wiratno looks at Bambang).

Bambang: There are. We have looked for them, and it turns out they are under Supardi’s name. The documents are not under Zukifli’s name because Supardi is the caretaker there. There must be someone on duty where the birds are kept.

 

Where did the birds at Zulkifli’s villa come from?

Bambang: I looked into it, and it turns out they are from a wildlife rescue center (PPS) in Tegal Alur, Cengkareng, which was at over-capacity. These birds were a surplus from the rescues in Jakarta.

 

Why were they given to Zulkfili, who at that time was still minister of forestry?

Bambang: Zulkifli’s hobby is preserving wildlife. This must be understood. Don’t just see him as a former minister.

 

What about Minister Siti Nurbaya’s yellow-crested cockatoo and green peafowl?

(The three look at one another)

Bambang: They are licensed. It was recently taken care of. Her husband’s hobby is wildlife. Their origin from captivity and certificates are documented.

One way to check and see whether animals are licensed is by seeing if they have a band. We did not see a band on Minister Siti’s peafowl.

Bambang: There is a certificate on its protective captivity. Banding is a physical marker.

Wiratno: Check later.

 

Read the full interview in this week's edition of Tempo English Magazine.

 

 



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