Officers seize tons of pangolin scales
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.