Indonesia’s long-running problem with illegal logging has had devastating impacts. Illegal loggers and traders have particularly focused on high value timber species such as merbau. In recent years, however, the Indonesian Government, with support from civil society, has made significant efforts to combat this destructive crime.
On the 17th December, the Daily Mail ran a story with gruesome images depicting tiger killing and trade at a captive tiger facility, reportedly sourced from a whistleblower at the Qinhuangdao Wildlife Rescue Centre in Hebei Province of China. According to the story, the whistleblower had shared the pictures and information with one of China’s leading independent national non-government organisations who circulated it on social media.