The internet has made our lives much easier in many ways, but it has some huge drawbacks. Criminals illegally buy and sell animals online. More and more animals are being caught and kept in inhumane conditions worldwide. Organizations like the International Animal Rescue actively fight this and stand up for the illegal animal trade’s most endangered victim
The Indonesian police arrived at this man’s home to arrest him. He had just finished packing eight slow lorises into two white mesh boxes for shipping. The terrified animals were cramped and had very little food.
The police arrested the man on the spot for illegally trading endangered animals, and the lorises were put into the care of the International Animal Rescue organization, which hopes to rehabilitate them.
There are five species of slow lorises. Lorises are a species of primate that are one of the world’s 25 most endangered. The ones the IAR received are of the Javan type.
Their endangered status is due to the illegal animal trade, in which they’re often bought and sold as pets.
The day before these slow lorises were found, the IAR was involved in another slow loris rescue in Indonesia. In the town of Majalengka, they seized 16 adults, two juveniles, and one newborn, all of which were going to be illegally sold online.
Unfortunately, because the animals hadn’t been well taken care of, the newborn was in critical condition. The poor thing died before they could get it back to the IAR rehabilitation center.