The Jakarta Post
GORONTALO: Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Gorontalo chapter conducted an impromptu inspection of the bird market on Jl. Arif Rahman Hakim in Gorontalo city, Gorontalo, on Friday.
At least 14 birds were seized by the BKSDA team, two of the species listed on the list of protected birds, namely the myna and lovebird, endemic to Sulawesi.
Gorontalo BKSDA head Syamsuddin Hadju said the inspection was aimed at curbing the trade of birds, which was now rife in Gorontalo.
'This also serves to remind members of the public that not every bird species can be traded. There are rules as regulated in Law No. 7/1999 on preserving flora and fauna and Law No. 5/1990 on natural resources biodiversity and ecosystem,' said Syamsuddin.
Based on observations by Gorontalo BKSDA, many of the bird species being traded are endemic to Sulawesi and protected. Besides Gorontalo, some of the birds have been smuggled in from Central Sulawesi.
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