Villagers in eastern Indonesia took matters into their own hands over the weekend, slaughtering 292 crocodiles after a man was killed at a breeding farm.
Officials in the Sorong district say the man entered the farm to pick grass for his livestock when he was attacked.
That’s when villagers decided to take revenge, says Aimas police chief Emy Fenetyruma.
AIMAS POLICE CHIEF, EMY FENETYRUMA,
“These were spontaneous actions from residents around the area who entered the farm and killed the crocodiles in the farm. We tried to stop them but all had already been done.”
Officials say the farm had a license to breed the protected saltwater crocodiles, but one condition was that the reptiles did not disturb the community.
Locals defended the actions, citing safety reasons.
LOCAL RESIDENT, ENOAS BARMALA,
“It’s better that this kind of animal is kept in places far away, in the nearby forest for instance, so that it’s safer for people and those who have livestock and farms.”
The man’s death and the subsequent revenge attacks are both under investigation.