IAWS visit to the President of Indonesia’s office
On Monday, 18 December 2017, Indonesian Animal Welfare Society, along with Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, IAR Indonesia, and Planet Indonesia visited the President’s office for a meeting with President staff Deputy 2. The Deputy 2 staff is responsible for managing social, cultural and ecological issues in Indonesia. The members of the President’s staff that were in the meeting were Ageng Suryo Nugroho and Tiur Atmomihardjo. From IAWS team, our executive secretary, Putu Sasri and our communications officer, Nabila Fatma, attended.
The lack of ethical treatment towards animals, low standards of animal welfare in zoos, high levels of illegal wildlife trade, along with continuous animal habitat destruction, has made Indonesia’s animal welfare and conservation issues a national and international concern. Issues that have been under scrutiny include the exposure of starving bears in Bandung Zoo, high levels of the illegal pet trade, and also the recent issue of dog and wild boar fights. The latter has been recently banned in the country. These exposures, as well as the hard work of NGOs that continue to advocate for animal rights, and stop animal cruelty, has resulted in a response from the President’s office. An invitation to openly discuss these issues, and potentially find a solution.
Many issues regarding animal welfare and illegal wildlife trade were discussed in this meeting. The meeting focused on the importance of ending the cruelty and exploitation of animals in Indonesia. Animal welfare issues focused on animals performing in circuses and shows, animal fights, along with the importance of increasing welfare standards for zoos in Indonesia. Conservation issues were also raised, such as importance to increase conservation efforts to protect the highly endangered orangutans, and also the highly traded slow loris.
The President’s staff has promised to assist NGOs as much as they can to communicate the concerns and animal welfare issues to relevant ministries and other state institutions responsible. Discussions and negotiations between NGO and the government to result in significant actions is hoped to continue and head towards a promising direction for animal welfare.
Meeting at the President’s office
President Staff Deputy 2 and IAWS team alongside IAR Indonesia, Planet Indonesia, Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group