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In recent months, the killing of Sumatran elephants in East Aceh, Aceh Jaya and Riau, has been on the increase. Suspected, are palm oil companies in these regions and also local farmers protecting their crops. They are suspected of putting poison on bars of soap, which elephants like to eat, and attaching them to trees. In the last 3 months more 10 elephants have been reported found poisoned in Aceh, many of them decapitated, or their tusks taken, and a number in Riau, Eastern Sumatra. 

These magnificent members of the Asian elephant family, are being killed as they increasingly come into contact with humans, because of the loss of their habitat due to subsistence farming of villagers, but even more so, due to large scale rubber, timber, paper pulp, and palm oil plantations.

We understand that elephants can cause damage to villagers' crops and that there is a certain fear of these large, potentially dangerous creatures. However, we cannot accept these killings, and demand Indonesian Government intervention, investigation and protection of the Sumatran elephant. 

We demand that the Indonesian government:

-STOP continued destruction and deforestation of natural forests in Aceh and Sumatra.
-Fully RESEARCH elephant territories, ranges, numbers remaining, feeding patterns, etc.
-ENFORCE LAWS meant to protect endangered species.
-INVESTIGATE and CHARGE plantation companies with killings.
-EDUCATE local people in the reasons for preserving elephant populations.
-ASSIST local farmers and villagers with methods and materials to protect their farmland and homes.

This will enable The Republic of Indonesia to preserve its Sumatran elephant populations in Aceh and Sumatra, and retain its international image and proud status as a responsible country, with diverse and beautiful species, living in healthy natural forests.

Letter to
President of The Republic of Indonesia Bapak Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Vice-Governor of Aceh Bapak Muzakir Manaf
Governor of Aceh Bapak Zaini Abdullah
and 7 others
Head of UKP4 Bapak Kuntoro Mangkusubroto
Deputy VI UKP4 Bapak Mas Achmad Santosa
Governor of Riau Province, Sumatra
Regency Head of Aceh Timor
Regency Head of Aceh Jaya
Ministry Of Forestry, Director for Conservation and Biodiversity Bapak Novianto Bambang
Minister For Forestry Bapak Zulkifli Hasan
I just signed the following petition addressed to: President of The Republic of Indonesia Bapak Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you because In recent months the killing of Sumatran elephants in East Aceh, Aceh Jaya, and Riau has been on the increase. Suspected, are palm oil companies in these regions and also local farmers protecting their crops. They are suspected of putting poison on bars of soap, and attaching them to trees. The elephants then consume this and die. In the last 3 months more 10 elephants have been reported found poisoned in Aceh, many of them decapitated or their tusks taken, and an increasing number in Riau, Eastern Sumatra. 

These magnificent members of the Asian elephant family, are being killed as they increasingly come into contact with humans, caused by the loss of their habitat due to subsistence farming of villagers, but even more so, due to large scale and ever-expanding rubber, timber, paper pulp, and palm oil plantations.

We understand that elephants can cause damage to villagers' crops, and that there is a certain fear of these large, potentially dangerous creatures. However, we cannot accept these killings, and demand Indonesian Government intervention, investigation, and protection, of the Sumatran elephant. 

We request the Indonesian government:

-STOP continued destruction and deforestation of natural forests in Aceh and Sumatra.
-Fully RESEARCH elephant territories, ranges, numbers remaining, feeding patterns, etc.
-ENFORCE EXISTING LAWS meant to protect endangered species.
-INVESTIGATE and CHARGE plantation companies with killings.
-EDUCATE local people in the reasons for preserving elephant populations.
-ASSIST local farmers and villagers with methods and materials to protect their farmland and homes.

This will enable The Republic of Indonesia to preserve its Sumatran elephant populations in Aceh and Sumatra, and retain its international image, and proud status as a responsible country, with diverse and beautiful species, living in healthy natural forests.

Faithfully,