Bogor Man Reported to Police Over Photos of Dead Protected Wildlife

By : Yuli Krisna & Dyah Ayu Pitaloka | on 8:04 PM March 13, 2014
Category : News, Environment, Featured

Eight men pose with four dead Javan monkeys they allegedly shot in a photo uploaded on Facebook by Ozzy Syahputra Muhammad Akbar, who was reported to the police on Thursday for allegedly killing protected animals. (Photo from ProFauna Indonesia) Eight men pose with four dead Javan monkeys they allegedly shot in a photo uploaded on Facebook by Ozzy Syahputra Muhammad Akbar, who was reported to the police on Thursday for allegedly killing protected animals. (Photo from ProFauna Indonesia)

Bandung/Malang, East Java. Conservationist group ProFauna Indonesia on Thursday reported an alleged hunter of protected wildlife to the police after he uploaded several photos on Facebook showing him and a group of people posing with several dead animals.

The report was made against Ozzy Syahputra Muhammad Akbar, who last year posted several photos onto social media displaying slain Javan monkeys and leopard cats.

The Facebook account in question was either deleted or deactivated on Wednesday after a deluge of condemnation came its way, ProFauna chairman Rosek Nursahid said on Thursday.

"The photos had been posted for a while [since January 2013], but [they] drew even more attention this year," Rosek said at ProFauna's headquarters in the East Java city of Malang. "There were a lot of photos of [Ozzy] posing with animals he had hunted."

ProFauna, however, saved copies of the photos before the account was removed. The group submitted them as evidence to the West Java Police along with their report against Ozzy, who is a resident of Bogor, West Java.

One of the photos saved by ProFauna showed a dead Javan monkey (or lutung), a "vulnerable" species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). There was blood on the monkey's forehead, and its hand was made to hold a bottle of mineral water.

There were two comments posted under the photo: one said "heavily drunk," while the other said, "How could it get drunk with mineral water? hahahaaaa."

Another photo displayed eight men — five of them holding airsoft rifles — posing with four dead monkeys in front of them.

Rosek added that Ozzy was a member of an airsoft gun community. The group's Facebook account was also recently shut down.

ProFauna accused Ozzy of violating the 1990 Conservation Law by killing protected animals.

"ProFauna Indonesia hopes that the West Java Police will take action against hunters who kill protected wildlife," Radius Nursidi, the coordinator of the West Java chapter of ProFauna, said after filing the report to police in Bandung.

Rosek added that ProFauna would monitor the police's handling of the case closely.

The West Java Police have yet to comment on the case.

Attempts to reach Ozzy by the Jakarta Globe were unsuccessful.

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