Indonesia: Wanted: Tiger Killer on Facebook
30th June 2015;

Only a few days after the case of a (presumed) Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) slaughter in Central Kalimantan, which arose after some photos were uploaded on Facebook by a user named Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat, now the netizens are again bewildered by a killing of a Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae). Again, the case became widespread after the photos were uploaded and shared by lots of Facebook users.

Sumatran Tiger is a protected species, and its population has been dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching. Poaching and killing Sumatran Tigers is a crime. According to the Law no.5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Living Natural Heritage and Its Ecosystem, anybody who violates this law is liable to 5 years of prison and IDR 100 million fines.

If you happen to recognize or know the men shown on the photos, please inform Protection of Forest & Fauna (PROFAUNA) Indonesia by email to: international@profauna.net, or by sms to 081336657164, 081615711592, or call us at 08563693611

PROFAUNA will forward the infomration to the authority. Help us find these felons, save the remaining Tiger population! Remember that the case of Orangutan slaughter in Borneo could never be solved quickly if not for your participation in spreading the words. Thank you!

Source: ProFauna

Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)
Kranji, 16th May 2015

Twin-barred Tree Snake (Chrysopelea pelias) @ VivoCity

Final few hours to find out more about these and other Singapore wildlife at the Festival of Biodiversity, happening at VivoCity this weekend!

Indonesia: Orangutan Burner Arrested!
26th June 2015;

Good news, the suspected killer and burner of a primate assumed to be an Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) finally got arrested by the Police of Kotawaringin Barat (West Kotawaringin Regency) and the Natural Resource Conservation Agency. PROFAUNA highly appreciates the rapid response from the bodies on following up this case.

Here is a news report from Kompas.com (24 June 2015) on the suspect’s arrest:

The chase for the killer and burner of an Orangutan in Borneo by the Natural Resource Coservation Agency finally culminated in an identification of the suspect, Tuesday (23 June 2015).

Conservation Director of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Bambang Dahono Aji, on Wednesday (24 June 2015) stated to Kompas, “The suspect who uploaded the photos of the killing and burning was arrested last night at 22.30.”

The suspect is currently stiil in custody, at the Police Station in Kotawaringin Barat. Investigation so far has revealed that the owner of Facebook account named Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat did not do the burning. “He admitted that he only uploaded the photos,” said Bambang.

The burner’s initials areDBU, while the photos uploader’s initials are LAK. The police claimed to have arrested DBU as well.

Such a case of Orangutan killing was not the first to occur. In 2011, Orangutan slaughter took place in East Kalimantan. In many cases, Orangutans were killed because they are consider pests for the plantation, especially palm oil.

This particular case arose after LAK uploaded photos of a man killing and burning an Orangutan, captioned “Served for dinner” and “Will put some soy sauce on it.”

Activists, animal lovers, and general nitizens bashed the act. Kristian Hasmadi Lung Eng Pringatan, a netizen from Wehea, East Kalimantan, wrote “Whoever he is, he will totally face the customary law of Wehea, as well as the national law”.

Source: ProFauna

Malaysia: Action pledged on river pollution in Penang

Scores of fish such as keli, haruan and Tilapia found dead along Sungai Dondang.
26th June 2015;

The Penang Government has directed the island city council (MBPP) to take stern action, including revoking the licences, of a vegetarian food processing factory and a laundry shop for allegedly causing the death of fish in Sungai Dondang, Paya Terubong.

On Monday scores of fish such as keli (Catfish) (Siluriformes), haruan (Common Snakehead) (Channa striata) and Tilapia (Oreochromis sp.) were found dead along Sungai Dondang, a tributary of Sungai Pinang. The Department of Environment (DOE) has taken samples of the river water for tests and the results will be known in a week.

State executive councilor Chow Kon Yeow said investigations by DOE, the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) and MBPP revealed that the two errant parties caused the river pollution.

He assured the outlets would face the full brunt of the law, including possible closure and fine. “The city council has been directed to take stern action against the culprits, including revoking their licenses,” Chow told newsmen when visiting the site.

Present were DID director Anuar Yahya, northeast district engineer Haslinda Mohd Hamran and DOE state director Norhayati Yahaya.

He expressed disappointment that such incidents took place despite various campaigns carried out to educate people against disposing toxic waste into rivers. The responsibility to keep rivers clean and pollution free was not only that of the authorities, but also the public, he added.

He felt sad that marine life had died and urged the public to take on the responsibility to ensure that rivers remained clean. Moreover, he said, the state received encouraging reports that the river water quality was improving.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Malaysia: Action pledged on river pollution in Penang