Grow­ing trade

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ENVIRONMENT -

PAN­GOLINS are the most com­monly en­coun­tered mam­mals in Asia’s wildlife trade. Alarm­ing num­bers have been seized in this re­gion in re­cent years, in­di­cat­ing a thriv­ing trade. Ex­am­ples of large seizures made by en­force­ment agen­cies in­clude: > 41 live and 26 frozen pan­golins, Pe­nang, April 2010; > 35 pan­golins, Malacca, Fe­bru­ary 2010; > 130 pan­golins, Gam­bang, Pa­hang, De­cem­ber 2009; > 31 live and 31 frozen pan­golins, Tangkak, Jo­hor, De­cem­ber 2009; > Muar in Jo­hor ap­pears to be a hotspot for the pan­golin trade with sev­eral big seizures in re­cent years: 92 pan­golins in April 2010; 40 in Septem­ber 2009; 65 in Novem­ber 2008; and 44 in De­cem­ber 2008; > In July 2008, a man was fined RM1,500 for pos­sess­ing 32 pan­golins and an­other RM2,500 for con­fin­ing the an­i­mals, in Ji­tra, Kedah; > 530 frozen pan­golins stored in poly­styrene boxes were re­cov­ered from a lorry on the road be­tween San­dakan and Kota Kinabalu in 2005; > 2 tonnes pan­golin scales, Viet­nam, Au­gust, 2010; > 23 tonnes frozen pan­golins in a sin­gle week, Viet­nam, 2008; > 14 tonnes frozen pan­golins, Su­ma­tra, In­done­sia, July 2008.

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