In March, the police confiscated 41 komodo dragons from a wildlife trafficking syndicate in East Java. The dragons were to be sold for upwards of US$35,000 each. Photo: Reuters
Dikanaya Tarahita
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Dikanaya Tarahita

Indonesia’s pre-social media laws are no match for animal traffickers

  • In just one year, WWF Indonesia identified 2,500 adverts on Facebook and 2,207 ads on Instagram that were selling either animals or their body parts
  • Offences against wildlife cost Indonesia, one of the world’s most biodiverse nations, almost US$1 billion a year

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In March, the police confiscated 41 komodo dragons from a wildlife trafficking syndicate in East Java. The dragons were to be sold for upwards of US$35,000 each. Photo: Reuters
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