Indonesian police arrest 3 traffickers of protected animals

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-03 19:25:04|Editor: Xiaoxia
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JAKARTA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian police have arrested three men for trafficking critically endangered species, including honey bears, kangaroos, cockatoos and others destined for use in breeding and as family pet, police said on Wednesday.

One of the three persons testified that he has illegally bred and traded kangaroos for five years. The police have seized a total of 26 species during the crackdown in the men's houses in Central Java province in the mid of June, director of special crime task force of national police Brig. Gen. Fadil Imran said at the national police headquarters.

Senior police officer of national police Senior Commissioner Adi Karya said that the species were traded online and transported to the buyers through land.

All the seized animals have been handed to the natural resources conservation agency in Central Java province.

Under the Indonesian law, the three illegal traffickers could face five years jail term if found guilty, according to the police.

Indonesia is known as the most species rich nation as its large area of rain forest is home to numerable species spreading over 17,500 islands.