Of­fi­cers seize tons of pan­golin scales

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Cus­toms of­fi­cers in Guang­dong prov­ince have busted smug­glers in a ma­jor case in­volv­ing pan­golin scales. Cus­toms said on Sept 26 that 7.26 met­ric tons of scales had been con­fis­cated, and four sus­pects had been ap­pre­hended. Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal ex­perts, the scales be­long to var­i­ous types of pan­golins, all clas­si­fied un­der the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and are not le­gal for in­ter­na­tional trade. As one pan­golin has 0.4 to 6 kg of scales, the amount seized means that up to 18,000 pan­golins have been killed, ac­cord­ing to the South China Wildlife Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter.

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