Tell The Indonesian Government To Save The Slow Loris From Extinction
Related to bush-babies of Africa and lemurs from Madagascar, these beautiful animals are unique for many reasons; not only are they nocturnal and highly endangered, but they are the only primate known to produce venom.
The popularity of the slow loris as a pet has led to its being listed amongst the Top 25 Most Endangered Primates of the World; its venomous nature means most animals that enter the pet trade have their teeth cut, a process which few survive. This also means that they can never again survive free from captivity.
Although it is illegal to capture them for the pet trade, pet markets in Indonesia keep scores of them illegally. These fragile creatures are packed tightly inside boxes so that they can hardly breathe and sold to foreigners seeking exotic pets. Many of them die before they are bought.
There has recently been a YouTube video which went viral featuring a cute slow Loris as a pet being tickled playfully. This makes their situation even more precarious as now the demand for even more illegal pets will be higher. This could bring this beautiful creature to extinction.
You can find out more about their plight on the documentary below:
Alternatively, you can support their plight at http://nocturama.org/ by donating to the Little Fireface Project.
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We the undersigned want the Indonesian government to put pressure on the police and local authorities to stop the illegal pet-trade in Slow Loris's. This petition is a message directly to those with power over this situation from the people of the world via the world wide web.
These creatures are nearly extinct and although they are a protected species, the pet traders, particularly at the pet market in Java are getting away with exploiting and selling them illegally. There has been documented evidence of this, especially in the recent BBC documentary, The Little Gremlins Of Java.
It appears that these illegal traders have no regard for the law protecting the Slow Loris and seem to have no fear about being apprehended and punished by the authorities.
We would like to see heavy penalties like fines and imprisonment for the capture of these animals and more-so to see these punishments actually being enforced
We implore you to put a stop to this cruel and illegal practice so that these creatures may thrive and their beauty be enjoyed in the wild for generations to come.