Friday, 20 March 2015

Hong Kong intercepts 2 tons of pangolin scales



Hong Kong customs department has announced that on Tuesday its officials intercepted and confiscated 2 tons of pangolin scales. The scales have been valued at over USD 1.2 million and originated from Nigeria.

Customs officials at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound became suspicious of the container as it arrived in Hong Kong and on further examinations they found nearly 2,000kg of pangolin scales.

With an adult pangolin provide approx. 1 kg of scales the seized shipment represents the death of 2,000 pangolins also known as scaly ant-eaters.

All 4 species of pangolins found in Africa are classed a vulnerable in the IUCN Red list and are also on the CITES Appendix II lists to control international trade which has surged in recent years as asian pangolin species have crashed in number die to poaching activities.

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