Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Four tiger foetuses found in Indonesian 'poacher' arrests

Four tiger foetuses found in Indonesian 'poacher' arrests

5 individuals in Indonesia have been arrested for poaching after authorities discovered the pores and skin of a protected Sumatran tiger and 4 foetuses in a jar.

A team made up of police and officials from the Environment and Forestry Ministry were tipped off about suspected poaching by locals in Teluk Binjai Village, in the country's Pelalawan District on the island of Sumatra, the ministry told Antara. In the inspection, five people were arrested and three were charged with trafficking of protected animals.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 believed to be left within the wild.

If convicted, the trio could face up to five years in prison.

The police further chased and arrested two other suspects, SS and TS, in different locations, and confiscated a piece of adult tiger skin in Pangkalan Lesung Village. The fetuses didn't have any relation with the tiger skin.

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One of the major reasons for the extinction and endangerment of wildlife in this region is because of people following Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which uses animals organs and bones for medicinal purposes.

Riau, located on the japanese coast of Sumatra, is a province that has seen rising man-tiger battle with the destruction of the animal's habitat as a outcome of industries and agricultural enlargement particularly the institution of palm oil plantations.

According to wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, poaching for trade is responsible for nearly 80% of Sumatran tiger deaths - amounting to 40 deaths a year.

Indonesia is among the many nations with the best biodiversity worldwide and is residence to tons of of endangered species, such because the orangutan, Sumatran elephant and the Sumatran rhinoceros.

It was the second fatal tiger attack in the province in less than a month. They are now found only on Sumatra.

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