Too cute to live? Save the slow lorises

Slow Lorises in Indonesia 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! 

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.

*Support our work and the slow loris project

Slow loris on a tree 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!

Dear Mr President, dear Minister of Forestry of Indonesia,

each year thousands of slow lorises die due to illegal trade. These primates are listed on the CITES list and are strictly protected as an endangered species, both by national and international law. Please ensure that the wildlife trade with these critically endangered primates is stopped immediately.

Furthermore I would like to ask you to stop deforestation and the loss of the slow lorises' habitat due to the expansion of oil palm plantations. It is only by implementing both measures that the critically endangered slow lorises can be saved.

Please eliminate the illegal trade with slow loris now!

Yours faithfully

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