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Jakarta Post

Aceh teenagers shot orangutan 74 times. Their punishment: reciting the call to prayer

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Thu, August 1, 2019   /  03:45 pm
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Hope, a 30-year-old female orangutan that was discovered in March with 74 air rifle wounds, recovers in her cage at the Batu Mbelin Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra. Hope was discovered with her 1-year-old baby, which later died of malnutrition.(SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme)/Castri)

Environmental activists have condemned Acehnese authorities for resorting to extrajudicial diversion and issuing light sanctions to two teenage boys for allegedly shooting an orangutan multiple times with air rifles. The two are being required to recite the adzan (Islamic call to prayer) for a month as community service. High school students Ade Irfanta Sitepu, 17, and Salinsyah Solin, 16, residents of Sultan Daulat subdistrict in Subulussalam, Aceh, were accused of shooting a 30-year-old female orangutan named Hope 74 times with an air rifle in March. Hope underwent veterinary treatment and is recovering, although she still has 64 "non-fatal" pellets in her body. Much to the dismay of environmental activists, local authorities decided to settle the case out of court throu...

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