Saturday, 8 March 2014

Indonesian clerics issue Fatwa against killing endangered species

Posted by: Leya Musa / 2 days ago
For the first time a muslim council have issued a Fatwa against the illegal trade in wildlife and illegal hunting. A fatwa is an opinion on muslim law made by a teacher or scholar in the muslim faith. The fatwa issued by the Ulema council determines that illegal hunting and wildlife trading is “unethical, immoral and sinful”.

“All activities resulting in wildlife extinction without justifiable religious grounds or legal provisions are haram [forbidden]. These include illegal hunting and trading of endangered animals“, said Asrorun Ni’am Sholeh, secretary of the council’s commission on fatwas.

“Whoever takes away a life, kills a generation. This is not restricted to humans, but also includes God’s other living creatures, especially if they die in vain.” he continued in the official statement.

While it is not thought that the serious poacher of tigers and other endangered wildlife will be discouraged by the Fatwa, Indonesia – outside of the cosmopolitan capital of Jakarta – is still a relatively conservative muslim country. The declaration by the council could see changes in behaviour of many who live and work in the more rural areas of Indonesia.

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