Sustyo Iriyono, Director of Forest Prevention and Security Affairs, Environment and Forestry Ministry: Smuggling Done Through Small Ports
Even though a five-year prison sentence awaits anyone who hunts and trades the Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), many still risk breaking the law.
From 2015-2019, the directorate-general of law enforcement at the environment and forestry ministry thwarted 13 sales of the pangolin, collecting 67 kilograms of its scales as evidence, along with 1,840 dead specimens of the animal, and another 17 still alive.
Most recently, last June, a team from the environment ministry, together with the police, arrested Kabul, a dealer who had 28 kilograms of pangolin scales in Semarang, Central Java. Those...