Foreign poachers target Palawan-endemic butterflies, PCSD moves to stop illegal transport

February 4, 2013 11:40 pm 

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 4 –- The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) is moving to stop the illegal transport of endemic butterflies from Palawan following the alleged arrest of two Japanese nationals trying to ship them out through the Puerto Princesa City Airport Friday.

Alex Marcaida, spokesperson of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), the policy implementing body of PCSD, said poachers and illegal wildlife traffickers are no longer just eyeing birds, pangolins and others, but are also targeting butterflies.

He said on Friday, Japanese nationals Soichi Yoshioka and Chihiro Toriyama were arrested by airport security personnel for trying to transport 255 different species of butterflies, two of which are endemic to Palawan.

Marcaida said the arrest of the two Japanese was the first to involve butterflies in wildlife trading and trafficking since most being caught and traded are turtles, pangolins, and birds.

He elaborated that based on their investigations and examinations of confiscated butterflies, the two Japanese appear to be experts in catching them. When asked, the two said they did not know that Palawan has a strict policy against catching butterflies.

Marcaida said although Lepidoptera is not yet considered an endangered species in Palawan, a permit must still be issued before they are transported out of the province based on Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

With the incident, the PCSDS has now tightened its monitoring of any attempt to transport butterflies and other wildlife from the province to prevent their abuse, and what might lead to the diminishment of their population. (PNA)

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One Response to “Foreign poachers target Palawan-endemic butterflies, PCSD moves to stop illegal transport”

  1. juan on February 5th, 2013 9:18 pm

    kawawa naman ang japanes na pinag tripan nyo. gumastus paralang mag injoy to collect butterfly in puerto na owi sa batas na walang kwinta..
    sino ba sa inyo ang entomology jan paragawin ang batas na ito?
    sino ba ang scientist sa inyo para ma indentify and manga specie ng butterfly sa palawan?
    saan ba kayo komikita, di ba sa dayuhan!! na sana maraming hobbiest scientest mag research o mag aaral ng butterfly sa palawan piro iba ang pananaw nyo.
    ano ba ang life cycle ng butterfly napa iksi ng buhay nila. domadami lang sila dipindi sa kanilang sanctuary hindi dahil kicollect sila. hulihin mo at hindi ang manga ito, in a few days mamatay sila, tyung!
    pinaghirapan ng dayuhan, pinagmulta nyu pa, anung lupit nyu!
    parang napakalinis nyung pinoy, di ba kayu din ang malakas mangurakut sa loob. gaya ng Dorcus titanus ito pisti, sumisira ng kahoy, tingnan nyu sa gubat..weevils, c. atlas beetles renoceros, pinapatay ang coconot tree..
    ito sana nakaka tolung sa manga kapitid na mahihirap kahit pang bili lang ng asin dahil nabibili. piro kung saan pa na pwidi pagkakitaan sa magandang paraan yun pang pinagtripan nyu sa walang kwintang batas.
    ilang butterfly ang namamatay, nasisira ang kanilang tirahan dahil sa pagmimina. ilang libo ang namamatay beetles dahil sa pagmimina??
    pinalaki nyo lang ang isyu na ito na wala namang scientific na basihan…
    kayo lang ang may ganitong batas…na mangmang naman, gusto lang komita!!
    Trogoptera trojan, t. platini, Cites. piro lahat ng specie gawin nyung bawal, panghuli bawal ibang klasi yun. palibhasa pangungurakot lang ang alam nyo.
    ang manga researcher na gomagastus ng sariling pira para mag study, pirahan nyo pa.