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Letter about saving the orangutans

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´╗┐Kim Trinh 18 Johnson Street, Sunshine North, Vic 3020 The Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia Senayan - Jakarta - Indonesia ? 10270 Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I?m writing to you about the poaching of Orang-utans in Sumatra and Borneo?s rainforests. The number of Orang-utans is decreasing day by day because of killing for palm oil plantation, logging, low level of law enforcement and poaching. Imagine how do we feel when our beloveds are being poached, being killed every day? Miserable, empty? Even an animal could have those feelings and Orang-utans are calling for help. I believe that with the attempt of many people caring for Orang-utans and helping from the Government, we can save a species from extinction. Firstly, why do wealthy want a pet like Orang-utans? ...read more.


Secondly, not only adult female Orang-utans are killed but also the others so why do men have to kill Orang-utans and what for? Orang-utans are being hunted for their meat, babies, or skulls. As well as being consumed as bushmeat, body parts find their way into medicinal products or become tourist souvenirs. When adult orang-utans are killed, the skulls of the dead may be used to create souvenirs that are sold illegally throughout Kalimantan. More important reasons that lead to the deaths of many orang-utans are palm oil plantation and logging. Palm oil plantations and logging often replace tropical forests so the orang-utans that are displaced might be starve to death, they can get killed by plantation workers as pests, or die in the fires. ...read more.


And when someone is accused of poaching or killing orang-utan, the punishment for them is still very light. Law enforcement must be upgraded into higher level or else it will not make any effort on banning people from poaching endangered species. In conclusion, I strongly recommend more protection areas to be created to provide food and safe habitat for Orang-utans, prevent them from being poached. Furthermore, I suggest that the Government should immediately stop issuing new permits, cancel existing permits for logging and plantation concessions in forests that contain Orang-utans. New roads that bisect Orang-utans habitat should be banned and establish specific criminal laws for poaching and killing Orang-utans. They will be extinct in the next 10 years if we don?t do anything. Please consider my suggestions and try your best to save our ?friends?. Yours sincerely, Kim Trinh ...read more.

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