Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Two Arrested Over Monkey Meatballs

monkey meatballsThe man and wife are accused of providing meat from Javan langur or silver-leaf monkeys found in Baluran National Park, East Java province, to sellers of "bakso", a spicy meatball soup.

"They were arrested late in March and are now in police custody in Situbondo district," local deputy police chief Heru Prasetyo said.

"After a tip-off from local people we arrested the wife with 35 kilograms (77 pounds) of meat from about 25 langurs. We also seized one rifle and wood sticks to kill the monkeys," he said.

The couple had confessed to selling the monkey meat for six years, he added.

They could face up to five years' jail and fines of 100 million rupiah (£7,200).

Police also found monkey bones, tails and skins at the couple's house.

Conservationist Tri Prayudi said the couple could have killed more than 500 primates and were probably not the only ones selling monkey meat as food.


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