34 terrified slow lorises have been taken in by the International Animal Rescue’s special slow loris rescue sanctuary. They were confiscated from wildlife traffickers in Indonesia by police moments before they were due to be sold on Facebook.
The police got to the lorises just in time, and are now working flat out to stabilise their condition and have said “It will be touch and go during the next few days as to how many of them survive.” Some of the lorises have had their teeth cut, many of them also carry serious wounds and all are showing signs of extreme stress.
On their facebook page the IAR have said “They will need intensive treatment and care as they have suffered so much trauma and our vets will do everything they can to save the lives of as many of the rescued lorises as possible.”
The investigation has resulted in the arrest of three hunters and two dealers thought to have been involved. Under Indonesian law the hunting, capture or keeping of slow lorises as pets is illegal. However, this has not swayed the traffickers with hundreds of loris still in captivity and being sold openly in animal markets throughout Indonesia.
In a press conference, Mr Diki Budiman, Assistant Director of the Special Crime Unit of Polda, West Java, has said: “The modus operandi of these criminals begins with the hunters who capture the animals from the wild. Then they sell the lorises to dealers for just £3. The dealers then sell them for £12.50 – £31.” he continued ”The lorises are then sold online, via Facebook and other social networks. Social media is a new method that is being used increasingly by animal traffickers.
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