Indonesia: Orangutan Killer Found!
24th June 2015;
The case of primate slaughter, assumed to be an Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), whose photos were uploaded tp Facebook by a user named Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat, is getting closer to closure. It became a highlight on the Internet and provoked rage among netizens. Finally, the depraved Facebook user’s whereabouts have been identified.
Citing an article from Borneonews.co.id, Hartono (the Head of Natural Resource Conservation Agency Section II Pangkalan Bun) stated that the agency has been coordinating with the Police of Kotawaringing Barat, Central Kalimantan. The owner of Polo Panitia Hari Kiamat account has been identified, and will immediately be called in for questioning at the agency’s office.
The case of a slaughter and burning of a primate assumed to be an Orangutan has sparked off mass outrage on the internet. The horrific photos uploaded on the website of Protection of Forest & Fauna (PROFAUNA) Indonesia and also on PROFAUNA’s Facebook fanpage received high response from the netizens.
The photos showing a man proudly flaunting his ‘prey’ uploaded on PROFAUNA’s fanpage as of 24 June 2015 on 8 A.M. has been seen 291.000 times, with more than 1,500 shares. Numerous derision came up following distressing the post.
A Facebook user named Ian Ardyan wrote, “I am a native of Dayak, my parents are from Kenyah & Punan tribes. I am very crushed to know that there are people who could do such callousness to Orangutans. They should be protecting the animal, yet they have done a cruel act towards God’s creature.”
Tata Nasir wrote, “This daesn’t make sense! Why are these people hurting God’s creation? They won’t even eat the animals, they just did it for fun. How cruel!”
Meanwhile, another Facebook user named Putri Ramdhani said, “Animals have feeling, even sometimes they even help people. How could they slaughter innocent animals.”
Not an Orangutan?
Although it has became a lurid phenomenon on the internet, this case also brought up a debate among Orangutan experts. Several experts said that the killed and burned primate is not an Orangutan, but a Pig-tailed Macaque (Macaca nemestrina). Aside from whether it is an Orangutan or not, PROFAUNA deems that such cruelty to wild animal is unacceptable.
“If proven that it is not an Orangutan, the act still violates the law and ethics because killing wild animal from the forest requires a permit,” said Swasti Prawidya Mukti, PROFAUNA Indonesia’s campaign officer.
A Facebook user named Yasmin Putri, in a comment on the Facebook account of PRFOAUNA’s founder Rosek Nursahid, wrote “This is disgusting, immoral! I wouldn’t care if its’s an Orangutan or other Monkeys, the don’t deseve such treatment.”