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Another ivory trader was arrested in Aceh

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Meulaboh, Aceh (ANTARA) – Continuing the crackdown on ivory traders, the Aceh Regional Police arrested another suspected trader in Pintu Rime Village, Pining District, Gayo Lues Regency, on June 22, according to police officers.

The suspect with the initials AF, 39, was arrested on a bridge in the village by a joint team of personnel from the Gayo Lues Police and the Gunung Leuser National Park Office (TNGL)-Blangkejeren, Gayo Lues Police Chief, Adjunct Police Commissioner. Sen. Coms. Setiyawan Eko Prasetya, Wednesday.

During the raid, police and park rangers also confiscated two elephant tusks from AF, he said. AF attempted to sell it to a buyer identified as MA, he added.

The hunt for MA, who escaped after jumping into the river from the village bridge, is still ongoing, said Prasetya.

On April 25, the Aceh Regional Police arrested two ivory traders at the Kota Minimarket in Mutiara Timur, Pidie Regency.

The suspects, identified as MD, 50, and BSR, 30, were arrested after local police received information from residents about the illegal trade in elephant ivory.

The Indonesian government has included the Sumatran elephant on the list of endangered mammals. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the population of this animal is estimated at around 2,400–2,800 individuals.

WWF states that ivory can still be found in markets in Africa and Asia, as well as in the United States and Europe.

The organization also notes that poaching for the illegal ivory trade remains a serious threat to the lives of wild elephants in several countries.

“African elephants experienced massive declines in numbers in the 1970s and 1980s due to poaching for the illegal ivory trade. Thus, international trade was prohibited by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1989,” WWF said. states on its website.

The report added that “some elephant populations have begun to recover, but poaching continues to be a problem in many areas.”

Based on a report published in the Journal of African Elephants on July 9 2020, ivory trading is rampant on social media platforms in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. The report states that Indonesia and Vietnam do not have adequate laws to curb the illegal trade.
Related news: Two ivory traders arrested in Pidie Regency, Aceh
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Translator: TD Iskandar, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Anton Santoso
Copyright © ANTARA 2024

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