“If these birds can be counted by researchers they can be confiscated by policemen…” Yes, very true.

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog received this from Richard at TRAFFIC regarding the Black-winged Myna. I’ve not been to Jakarta in years but when I was last in Bali much more recently I saw quite a few caged in private houses and tourist facilities. I didn’t see a bird market in Denpasar but that’s not to say there isn’t one. If these birds can be counted by researchers they can be confiscated by policemen. Not a panacea but certainly a useful first step. The traders can then furnish the authorities with details of traders and sources. Bali is potentially a manageable environment for eliminating this sort of wildlife crime. A bit of political will and interest, spurred by thee and I (past, present and potentially future visitors/tourists/purchasers of Indonesia sourced exports) could just do the trick here.

From: Richard Thomas [mailto:richard.thomas@traffic.org]
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2015 4:03 PM
To: Richard Thomas
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