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World7.5 tons of ivory, pangolin scales seized in Vietnam

10:50  14 june  2019
10:50  14 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Sacks containing pangolin scales that were seized last week in Singapore.CreditCreditNational Parks Board HONG KONG — Singapore has discovered more than 14 tons of pangolin scales in what In Vietnam , many see pangolin meat as a luxury that conveys social status and health benefits

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 Lawmakers voted last year to ban all ivory sales by 2021

7.5 tons of ivory, pangolin scales seized in Vietnam© Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics via Getty Images, FILE Elephants are pictured at Chobe National Park in Botswana, Feb. 16, 2015.

About 7.5 tons of elephant ivory and pangolin scales have been seized by Vietnamese police.

In one of the nation's largest animal-trafficking cases, authorities recovered 3.5 tons of ivory and 4 tons of pangolin scales, according to The Associated Press, which cited Vietnam News Agency.

7.5 tons of ivory, pangolin scales seized in Vietnam© Edwin Remsburg/VW Pics via Getty Images, FILE Elephants are pictured at Chobe National Park in Botswana, Feb. 16, 2015.

The contraband was discovered in a shipping container that arrived at Hai Phong port in northern Vietnam.

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Vietnam police have seized more than five tonnes of pangolin scales stashed in a cashew shipment from Nigeria, the government said Friday. Over one million pangolins have been plucked from Asian and African forests in the past decade, sold and consumed in Vietnam and China where burgeoning

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 . 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

The animal remnants had been stuffed inside steel barrels mixed with others containing tar in an attempt to hide them from customs agents.

(MORE: Poaching likely created a generation of tuskless elephants, scientists say)

A criminal investigation was launched Friday, the AP reported.

Poaching and trafficking parts of elephants and pangolins can carry a penalty of up to five years in jail in Vietnam.

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