Announcing that you are going to guard prisoners with crocodiles can raise eyebrows and send fear into those incarcerated. So when Indonesia’s anti-drug czar announced plans to guard a death-row prison island with crocodiles, the government rushed to explain that it was just a joke, but on Friday Budi Waseso said he was now thinking of using tigers and piranhas as well. Waseso rejected critics who said his plans to use animals as guards were trampling on the human rights of convicts.
“The number (crocs) will depend on how big the area is, or whether perhaps to combine them with piranhas,” Waseso told reporters. “Because the (prison) personnel numbers are short we can use wild animals. We could use tigers too…for conservation at the same time.” Media quoted the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief as saying that he had already obtained two crocodiles from a farm to study their power and aggression and may ultimately put as many as 1,000 in place to keep convicts from escaping. Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared a war on what he has dubbed a “narcotics emergency” after taking office a year ago, basing his campaign on a study that showed at least 40 people a day were dying from drug use. So lions, tigers and bears..oh my!