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60 Endangered Animal Seized in Raids

Exotic Pet Owners Face Possible Imprisonment.

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Approximately 60 endangered animals were seized in coordinated raids across Bali on Friday, August 6, carried out by officers of the Indonesian Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in cooperation with forestry police officials.

Raided by the authorities were private residences on Jalan Diponegoro, Jalan Ciung Wanara, Jalan Pemuda, Jalan Kanda and Jalan Tukad Balian.

According to reports in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, the raid on the home on Jalan Diponegoro yielded 2 lions, 1 tiger and 8 ligers (cross breeds between lions and tigers). According to the press report, one of the addresses where animals were confiscated is also a well-known local meat factory on Jalan Diponegoro, Titiles, which sells sausages and hams.

The owner of Titiles told the local press that he was in the process of "renewing" permits authorizing the keeping of endangered species.

The combined raids by authorities also netted an orangutan, a honey bear, 2 crocodiles, a python, 3 Arwana fish, and a number of endangered birds, including 3 Bali starlings.

Although seldom enforced, Indonesian law provides for imprisonment for people caught keeping endangered animals. Conservation authorities have promised that the "owners" of the protected animals just confiscated would be brought before the courts.

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