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DENR Investigates Vlogger’s Treatment of Tarsiers in Viral Video

Allegations of Improper Treatment Spark Investigation

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Soccsksargen has launched an investigation into a viral video showcasing what appears to be the improper treatment of tarsiers by a local vlogger. The incident has sparked outrage among netizens and raised concerns about wildlife conservation. Here are some details according to the report of Rappler.

Initial Report and Response

According to DENR-Soccsksargen, they received a report about a video posted on social media by a vlogger named “Farm Boy,” residing in Polomolok, South Cotabato. The video depicted the vlogger handling tarsiers in a manner deemed inappropriate by many viewers.

The now-deleted video showed the vlogger, identified as Ryan Parreño, holding a tarsier and encouraging it to “smile” for the camera. Environmental experts and concerned citizens criticized Parreño’s actions, stating that such handling could disturb and maltreat the nocturnal animals.

Esther Gertrude Biliran, an environmental lawyer, emphasized that disturbing tarsiers violates their natural behavior and could constitute maltreatment. Republic Act No. 9147 prohibits such actions, protecting wildlife resources, including tarsiers. Violators face penalties, including imprisonment and fines.

Protected Status of Tarsiers

Tarsiers are recognized as a specially protected faunal species of the Philippines under Presidential Proclamation No. 1030. Their conservation is crucial due to their endangered status and susceptibility to stress and captivity-related issues.

Netizens expressed outrage over the incident, calling for accountability and stricter enforcement of wildlife protection laws. Many highlighted the importance of respecting wildlife and adhering to legal regulations.

As the investigation unfolds, the DENR remains committed to upholding wildlife conservation laws and ensuring the welfare of tarsiers. The incident serves as a reminder of the need for public awareness and responsible stewardship of natural resources.

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