Malaysia torches seized African pan­golin scales

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

MALAYSIA on Thurs­day torched nearly three tonnes of seized scales of en­dan­gered pan­golins worth $9 mil­lion in a bid to de­ter il­le­gal wildlife traf­fick­ing from Africa. “Such a huge seizure and torch­ing of it is def­i­nitely a blow to smug­gling syn­di­cates,” said Wildlife and Na­tional Parks Depart­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Ab­dul Kadir Abu Hashim. Some 3,000 pan­golins would have been killed to ob­tain the 2.8 tonnes of scales, Ab­dul Kadir es­ti­mated. The scales were con­fis­cated by cus­toms of­fi­cials at Malaysia’s Port Klang be­tween May and Septem­ber last year. The an­i­mal parts ar­rived in three dif­fer­ent ship­ments from Ghana and Cameroon, and had false lo­cal ad­dresses, of­fi­cials said. The scales were in­cin­er­ated at a pri­vate waste dis­posal plant in Port

Dick­son, Negeri Sem­bi­lan, south of the cap­i­tal Kuala Lumpur.

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