TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, recently launched a report detailing the massive scale of illegal trade in Jakarta’s bird markets. A comprehensive survey of Jakarta’s sprawling bird markets shows the daunting scale of the illegal trade in native birds and raises the alarm for Indonesia, home to the highest number of threatened bird species in Asia.
In the Market for Extinction: An inventory of Jakarta’s Bird Markets released by TRAFFIC found over 19,000 birds representing 206 species for sale in the Pramuka, Jatinegara and Barito markets over a three-day period.
The report can be found here www.traffic.org/species-reports/traffic_species_birds22.pdf.
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