23 Feb '12, 7pm

Busted: orangutan trafficker prosecuted and sent to prison in Sumatra for the first time

Busted: orangutan trafficker prosecuted and sent to prison in Sumatra for the first time

Busted: orangutan trafficker prosecuted and sent to prison in Sumatra for the first time mongabay.com February 23, 2012 “Julius,” a baby orangutan saved from an illegal trader in North Sumatra, Indonesia. He is expected to be released back into the wild in the near future. Credit: WCS. For the first time in Medan, North Sumatra, an orangutan trader has been prosecuted and sent to prison for trafficking in the endangered apes, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The trader, who was trying to sell the three-year old orangutan, received a seven-month prison sentence, which is only the third in Indonesia since orangutans were officially protected in 1924. "Although there have been over 2,500 confiscations of illegally held orangutans in Indonesia since the early 1970’s, the first actual prosecution of an illegal orangutan owner occurred in Borneo in 2010, and now ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0223-orangutan_bust.html

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