Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation and an epicenter of illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking. So, when the country's Muslim leadership issues the first-ever fatwa--or religious edict--against poaching, it has to grab your attention.
Specifically, the Indonesian Council of Ulama, the country's top Muslim clerical body, has declared the illegal hunting or trade of endangered species to be forbidden.
Endangered species in Indonesia include tigers, rhinos, elephants, and orangutans, among many others. Indonesia is currently the world's biggest destroyer of native forests.
The fatwa is being hailed as a visionary effort to compel both Indonesian Muslims and the government to combat the illegal wildlife trade.