Born to be free – slow lorises (Picture: Julie O'Neill)
The little slow loris is snatched from its mother, she is killed by the poachers. The baby has its teeth brutally pulled out with pliers, then merchants offer it for sale at the market. The ascending infection due to the mutilation kills a lot of his fellow primates. Please demand freedom and protection for the slow lorises
The little monkey with the big eyes is snatched from its mother. When they are young, they are even cuter and fetch a good price on the black market. The mum is killed by the poachers. She is of no use to them.
Illegal wildlife trade with slow lorises is flourishing. In their homeland Indonesia they are sold at roadsides or markets. Here, a slow loris costs about 25 dollars, via the internet they fetch a price of up to 2,500 dollars.
Due to their cute appearance more and more people like the idea of having a slow loris as a pet. The hype was stirred up by videos circulating in the internet. But this way they are loved to death.
Teeth pulled out brutally, many die
Despite their huge brown eyes and soft fur, slow lorises are in no way suitable as playmates. These small primates possess a rare trait among mammals: a toxic bite. On the inside of their arm a special gland produces a poison that protects them from predators. In the event of danger, they coat their teeth with this poison.
To make believe that they are suitable as pets, merchants use pliers to pinch off or pull out the slow lorises' teeth. This can lead to harmful infections. Many slow lorises die before they are even sold.
Awareness is very important, especially in Indonesia. Please help to protect the lorises and write to the Indonesian authorities. Demand that they stop the illegal trade with slow lorises immediately!
Start of campaign: May 29, 2012
What you can do
*Never keep a slow loris or any other primate as a pet.
*Spread the word about the tragic plight of the slow lorises as widely as possible via the social networks and by word of mouth.
*Sign our petitions to protect the slow lorises' habitat from the expansion of palm oil plantations
*Avoid food products that contain palm oil as well as so called biofuel.
Trade in highly endangered slow lorises is prohibited.
Jan 28, 2013
Indonesia: slow lorises are not merchandise
On Friday, January 18, 2013, Rainforest Rescue presented a petition with 48,838 signatures protesting the illegal trade in slow lorises to the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin.
The deputy ambassador Dr. Siswo Pramono took more than two hours of his time to talk with us about the illegal wildlife trade, deforestation, and the palm oil issue. He was impressed by the number of signatures and admitted that while Indonesia has relevant environmental laws in place, violations are too common, leaving much to be done.
The cuteness of Indonesia’s slow lorises is their greatest liability. In light of their vulnerability, trade with the small, round-eyed primates has been prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 2007.
Slow lorises nevertheless command high prices on the black market, with poachers killing loris mothers and collecting the infants in cages. Dr. Siswo Pramono promised to forward the petition to the Indonesian government and work for the protection of slow lorises and other wildlife.
We would also like to thank the many supporters of our petition!
Jun 3, 2012
TV-tip: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve
Indonesia to Australia:
The last leg of Simon Reeve's journey begins on the northern tip of Sumatra, near the epicentre of the 2004 tsunami, and takes him to the south western corner of Australia.
In Banda Aceh, Sharia law is in force and Simon joins the local vice and virtue squad who patrol the streets and beaches to eradicate immoral behaviour.
In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Simon investigates the shocking trade in exotic pets and encounters the group attempting to save one of the country's most bizarre species, the slow loris.
Next stop is Bali, another Island paradise, where Simon joins a family of seaweed farmers, who cultivate great areas of sea to provide a new protein source that some hail as a miracle crop.
Australia is the last of 16 countries of this Indian Ocean journey, and site of one of the world's greatest and most unspoilt wildernesses, the Kimberley. On a Barramundi fish farm, Simon meets a real life crocodile hunter, and ends up hauling a three metre crocodile onto the boat.
The journey ends at Cape Leeuwin, at the south west tip of Australia, where Simon draws conclusions from his journey and asks what we can do to preserve the extraordinary diversity of our oceans from the encroachment of mankind
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