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First Ever Fatwa Issued Against Wildlife Trafficking

In a slaughterhouse in Rantau Prapat, Sumatra, Indonesia. workmen slit open wild-caught blood pythons.
In a slaughterhouse in Rantau Prapat, Sumatra, Indonesia, workmen slit open wild-caught blood pythons. (Photograph by Mark Leong)

Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body has issued a fatwa, or edict, against illegal wildlife trafficking.

This unprecedented step by the Indonesian Council of Ulama, in the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, declares illegal hunting or illegal trading of endangered species to be haram (forbidden).

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