China Seizes Two Tonnes Of Smuggled Pangolin Scales

China Seizes Two Tonnes Of Smuggled Pangolin Scales



Customs agents in southwest have seized 2.2 tonnes of scales and busted an endangered wildlife smuggling gang, state media reported.

Two suspects were detained in the city of Yulin in Guangxi by customs officers, who also seized two kilograms of pangolin paws, the People’s Daily said Tuesday.

The pangolin scales had been smuggled across the border from Vietnam, reported official state news agency Xinhua.

Pangolins are among the world’s most and their scales are prized in as a remedy for various ailments.

China has raised the animal’s protected status to the country’s highest level due to dwindling numbers, meaning harsher sentences for and smugglers.

In January, a Chinese court imprisoned 17 people for smuggling 23 tonnes of pangolin scales worth $28 million into China from Nigeria.

China banned imports of pangolin products in 2018, and outlawed the animals in 2007.

Studies have suggested that the pangolin may have been the intermediate host that transmitted the to humans when it first emerged at a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year.

China will host the UN-convened COP-15 Biodiversity Conference in the southwestern city of Kunming in October.

This article was first published by The IB Times on 7 July 2021. Lead Image: Pangolins are among the world’s most endangered species Photo: AFP / Manan Vatsyayana. 


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