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article image'No soup for you!' Rare monkey meat for soup gets couple arrested

By Laura Trowbridge     Apr 28, 2010 in Crime
A couple in Indonesia have been arrested for selling rare Javan langur, also known as the silver-leaf monkey, meat for meatball soup.
The husband and wife are accused of providing meat from the rare monkeys found in Baluran National Park, East Java province, Indonesia to sellers of "bakso", a spicy meatball soup that is a popular dish in the country.
According to the Telegraph, 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."
Police also found monkey bones, tails and skins in the couple's house.
The couple, who confessed to selling the monkey meat for six years, could face up to five years in jail and fines of 100 million rupiah (£7,200).
Conservationist Tri Prayudi said it is possible that the couple could have killed more than 500 of the rare monkeys, and were probably not the only ones selling the monkey meat as food.
"It's not a new modus operandi in East Java because we found a similar case in 1996. At that time we managed to stop the crime as local clerics helped us to issue an edict saying that the monkey meat is against Islamic law," Prayudi said.
He went on to explain that monkey meat cost 15,000 to 20,000 rupiah (around £1.30) per kilogram, which is less than half the price of beef or lamb meat.
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