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Don’t let another Sonya happen!

 

Why are some Russian citizens engaged worldwide in animal cruelty? Don’t let another Sonya or Paramoshka happen!

The widespread trend of "cute" videos that directly increasing market demand for Loris hesitant, sold as pets, began in Russia. The direct impact of confirmed scientific studies professor Anne Nekaris (1). The first "cute" video Loris small Nycticebus pygmaeus were recorded on Youtube in 2009, Russian citizen Dmitry Sergeyev and immediately became a viral (very popular means of sharing on the internet). By sharing on social networks reached quickly over 9 million views. in January 2012, the video on YouTube withdrawn and subsequently re-recorded and immediately gained back more than six and a half million views. After Japan (2), Russia serves as one of the largest producers of videos with Loris hesitant, supporting further growth of the black market.

Contrary to what the owners are often say, it is not legal to own Loris from nature without CITES papers either in Russia or anywhere else.

Picture from a Youtube video of illegally kept pygmy slow loris in Russia named Sonya

Picture from a Youtube video of illegally kept pygmy slow loris in Russia named Sonya

Picture from a Youtube video of illegally kept Greater slow loris in Russia named Paramoshka

Picture from a Youtube video of illegally kept Greater slow loris in Russia named Paramoshka

Slow lorises used as pets, for example those named Sonya or Paramoshka, are flooding Youtube videos, while other individuals of their species are fading away from the nature.

By sharing awareness and helping to stop “cute slow loris videos” online trend, we can together contribute to prevent vanishing of this endangered species from our world.

Although attempts to fight this unhappy trend have started already few years ago, a new video appeared relatively recently. Among the popular videos where slow lorises are being tickled, brushed, they are holding a tiny umbrella are fed with a rice ball or pop celebrities sharing their own slow loris selfies, an even darker case has emerged in Perm, Russia. Instagram personality Irina Goncharova has her Bengal slow loris wear diapers and hold onto a metal pole, while she taped it and shared it on her Instagram and attractively called it “pole dance”. As slow lorises will firmly hold onto anything and it is obvious from the video that the person was turning the pole while the slow loris was just holding on, we can in no means call the act “training” or “being talented” as mentioned in www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3004561/Pole-dancing-Slow-loris-shows-moves-fetching-pair-shorts-Russia.html#ixzz43HM3bHlC. of We cannot speculate whether the person doing this has been aware of the slow loris protected status and its unsuitability of being a pet. But whether yes or not, there is no justification to do so.

Bengal slow loris: “I am not your toy and i do not want to pole dance for you”.

Bengal slow loris: “I am not your toy and i do not want to pole dance for you”.

As slow lorises will firmly hold onto anything and it is obvious from the video that the person was turning the pole while the slow loris was just holding on, we can in no means call the act “training” or “being talented”.

As slow lorises will firmly hold onto anything and it is obvious from the video that the person was turning the pole while the slow loris was just holding on, we can in no means call the act “training” or “being talented”.

A wild animal is forced to wear diapers, which only shows how unsuitable and improper it is to keep them at home.

A wild animal is forced to wear diapers, which only shows how unsuitable and improper it is to keep them at home.

Help us to share awareness raising video with Russian subtitles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KVHlD0v_zI (set Subtitles – Russian)

In the "pole dancing" video, there is Bengal slow loris. In most of other videos there are Greater Slow Lorises or pygmy slow lorises.

Pygmy slow loris named Sonya was shown in the video Dmitry Sergeyev, where he claimed that 1. it is located in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2. Russia is not illegal to keep such animals, 3. Sonya was born in a slow loris nursery and they bought it at a local pet shop and that is why it is so tame and friendly.

Why is not true what Dmitry Sergeyev states?

The Russian Federation is a party to CITES to January 1, 1992 and had previously been a Party to the Soviet Union since 1976. All countries occurrence of pygmy slow loris (China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) are party to CITES. In these countries, pygmy slow loris is also protected by national laws. Therefore, in all countries, commercial trade in these animals is prohibited. Trade between the countries, the incidence of pygmy slow loris and Russia was either strictly regulated (1975-2007) or disabled (2007-present).

If you are exporting or importing animals one of the Appendices of CITES in countries that are Parties to CITES, it is mandatory to report these facts to the CITES Secretariat. All these records are stored and available at UNEP-WCMC (The United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre).

Over the past 30 years, it was the Soviet Union or Russia imported legally 5 pygmy slow lorises (the last one was 24 years ago), and none of them were imported for commercial purposes. But many more were imported illegally ...

Slow lorises are very difficult to breed in captivity and even in specialized equipment; there is a high mortality rate. In 2012, only 56 zoos (included in the ISIS - International Species Information System) kept slow loris 202 individuals including two small zoos in Russia (5 individuals in Moscow and two individuals in St. Petersburg). In 2012, only 11 pups were born in 7 of the 56 zoos.

We can now hardly learn the truth about whether Sonya or even her parents were bred in captivity, but from the numbers, CITES, and the difficulty of rearing slow lorises, there is a very high probability that her parents or even herself came directly from the wild and were illegally imported to Russia.

In the past it was shown that slow loris rearing farms and pet shops are only a cover for smuggling wildlife slow lorises.

Source:
1)       Nekaris, K. A. I., Campbell, N., Coggins, T. G., Rode, E. J., & Nijman, V. (2013). Tickled to death: analysing public perceptions of ‘cute’videos of threatened species (slow lorises–Nycticebus spp.) on web 2.0 Sites. PloS one, 8(7), e69215.
2) www.news.mongabay.com/2016/02/status-symbols-japan-emerging-as-major-hub-for-illegal-trade-in-slow-lorises-due-to-their-popularity-as-pets/