The fourth BEFF 365 Fringe Screening for the public was held in conjunction with the 9th Borneo Bird Festival on 21st October 2017, Saturday, from 1900 to 2130 at the Imago Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu. Themed ‘Feather Feature’, BEFF screened ‘The Messenger’ – an artful story about the mass depletion of songbirds on multiple continents and about those who are working to turn the tide.
BEFF’s dedicated slot during the Borneo Bird Festival kicked off with opening remarks by board member Holly Jonas who introduced invited speaker, Serene Ch’ng of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia. In line with the theme of the film, The Messenger, Serene’s talk was titled ‘The Last Song? Cage bird trade in Southeast Asia.’
About the talk
‘Bird Trade in Asia’ by Serene Chng, Programme Officer at TRAFFIC Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia is home to over 850 avian species, and keeping birds as pets is desirable for their song, their beauty, cultural beliefs, and a multitude of reasons. Sadly, this high demand and volume for domestic and international bird trade, involving hundreds of species and thousands of individual birds, has resulted in many sought-after species are facing dramatic declines. This presentation will give an overview of the scale of the trade across Southeast Asia and more specifically in Borneo.
It will also highlight some of the species most affected by the trapping and trade, and share conservation efforts being taken to mitigate the threat to our precious birds.