Vision of the future
In addition to shelter, we are increasingly focusing on the origin of the animal suffering: the trade in wild animals. Stopping and prosecuting smugglers is a first important step in stopping illegal animal trade. By tackling the problem at the source, we hope that animals will no longer be available on the market in the future. We do this by lobbying for stricter penalties and laws with petitions and frequent conversations with the national police, with whom we have a good relationship.
Over the past 15 years we have created a large network of security partners, foundations and (local) governments. For example, we often work together and were taken seriously when we sent letters to the government every week to ban dance monkeys. We succeeded, as dance monkeys have been banned in Jakarta since the end of 2013 and in West Java since 2016.