Malaysia torches seized African pangolin scales
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.