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Cuddly slow loris threatened by the pet trade

Cuddly slow loris threatened by the pet trade

Cuddly slow loris threatened by the pet trade
May 9, 2007

The slow loris, a big-eyed primate found in the rainforests of southeast Asia, is threatened by the international pet trade said ProFauna Indonesia, a wildlife activist group that has called for a ban on the illegal trafficking of the charismatic animal.

ProFauna Indonesia says the Indonesian government has failed to take serious steps to protect wildlife in the country, where trafficking of protected species is still common. It cites the slow loris as an example.

“Slow lorises are protected by law in Indonesia, based on a 1973 Agriculture Ministry decree, and further clarified by a 1999 government regulation on preserving flora and fauna species,” it stated, “[but] around 7,000 lorises have been caught and traded since 2000.”

Captive slow loris. Photo courtesy of ProFauna Indonesia

ProFauna Indonesia says slow loris are usually sold for around $20 each in animal markets and shopping malls in major cities. The animal’s teeth are usually removed using pliers prior to sale and slow loris suffer high mortality in captivity due to infection, poor handling and animal cruelty.

The group is working with organizations to get the slow loris listed on Appendix I of CITES (Convention of International Trade of Endangered Species Fauna and Flora), a move that would further restrict their trade.

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