‘3 tons of pan­golin scales seized’

Observer on Saturday - - News -

- Au­thor­i­ties in Ivory Coast have seized a record haul of three tons of pan­golin scales worth an es­ti­mated $82,000 (R1066180.40), in what of­fi­cials on Thurs­day called a “mas­sacre”.Eight men of var­i­ous African na­tion­al­i­ties were ap­pre­hended overnight on Tues­day as they pre­pared to sell their mer­chan­dise, prob­a­bly to Asia, said po­lice cap­tain Thi­mo­tee Gna­hore of the coun­try’s transna­tional or­gan­ised crime unit (UCT) told reporters in Abid­jan. The shy pan­golin’s brown scales are made of noth­ing more than ker­atin — the same sub­stance as fin­ger­nails — but are highly prized in Viet­nam and China where they are mis­lead­ingly touted as bear­ing medic­i­nal prop­er­ties.

ABID­JAN

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