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World14 tons of pangolin scales seized in Singapore in a single smuggling bust

13:45  09 april  2019
13:45  09 april  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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Officials believe the scales came from nearly 14 ,000 pangolins . All eight pangolin species are endangered, some critically. Sacks of seized pangolin scales were displayed by Hong Kong customs officials on Friday, along with elephant tusks they said were found in the same shipment.

Singapore (AFP). Singaporean authorities made a record seizure of nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin "This is the largest shipment of pangolin scales seized in a single haul globally in recent years," a Authorities across Southeast Asia have been trying to stop the rampant poaching and smuggling of

Authorities in Singapore have seized one of the largest ever shipments of pangolin scales en route to Vietnam, worth an estimated $38.7 million.

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AFP/ Singapore . Singaporean authorities made a record seizure of nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin ‘This is the largest shipment of pangolin scales seized in a single haul globally in recent years,’ a Authorities across Southeast Asia have been trying to stop the rampant poaching and smuggling of

"This is the largest shipment of pangolin scales seized in a single haul globally in recent years," a government press release read. Authorities across Southeast Asia have been trying to stop the rampant poaching and smuggling of pangolins , the world's most heavily trafficked mammal.

In a statement, customs officials said they inspected a 40-foot container passing through Singapore from Nigeria and labeled as "frozen beef." Inside was over 14 tons of pangolin scales, packed in 230 bags, along with almost 180 kilograms (around 400 pounds) of cut up and carved elephant ivory.

Fourteen tons is around the same weight as two to three African elephants, or around eight Toyota Camrys.

A scale-covered, cat-sized nocturnal mammal that survives on ants and termites, pangolin are among the most trafficked animals in the world. In China and Vietnam, they are eaten as a delicacy and used in traditional medicine, with their keratin rich scales believed to have a host of positive benefits -- including aiding breastfeeding and curing asthma or cancer -- none of which is supported by science.

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and hundreds of pangolin scales have been discovered inside hollowed out logs in the Ugandan capital Kamapala, authorities said on Thursday, as two Vietnamese men were detained suspected of smuggling . As with all such communities members are expected to behave in a certain manner.

Pangolins or scaly anteaters are mammals of the order Pholidota (from the Greek word φολῐ́ς, "horny scale "). The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis

This demand has put multiple pangolin species on the endangered list, with the Chinese Pangolin listed by the International Union for Conservation as "critically endangered," one step above being extinct in the wild.

All eight pangolin species are protected under national and international laws, but smuggling pangolin scales and meat remains highly lucrative and efforts to crack down on the trade have had limited success.

In India, which has a domestic pangolin species, the scales from a single pangolin can provide a "life-changing sum of money" for people living in some of the country's poorest communities. The pangolin's defense mechanism against predators -- rolling itself into a scaly ball -- unfortunately makes it easy prey for human hunters.

Pangolin poaching is illegal in India, but is nevertheless widespread in Assam, a state in the country's northeast, near the border with Myanmar and China. A single pangolin can be worth a year's salary for hunters, making prevention difficult.

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Thirty tons of pangolin parts were seized by Malaysian authorities on Thursday, becoming the largest pangolin trafficking bust the country has ever In 2011, the Sabah Customs Marine Division recovered five tons of frozen pangolin from local waters, Traffic wrote. Last year, a pangolin scale

Poaching also occurs in Africa, which has four native species of pangolin. The animals are also hunted for bush meat.

Scales are often seized as they pass through major Asian shipping hubs such as Singapore and Hong Kong, both of which have stepped up efforts to crack down on illegal animal smuggling.

In February, authorities in Hong Kong seized $8 million worth of smuggled endangered species in one of the biggest busts the city has ever recorded. The haul included 8.3 tons of pangolin scales and 2.1 tons of ivory, also from a shipment of supposed "frozen beef" from Nigeria.

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