China Seizes Two Tonnes Of Smuggled Pangolin Scales

China Seizes Two Tonnes Of Smuggled Pangolin Scales

Customs agents in southwest China 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 paws, the People’s Daily said Tuesday.

The 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 scales worth $28 million into China from Nigeria.

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

Studies have suggested that the may have been the intermediate host that transmitted the coronavirus 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 Photo: AFP / Manan Vatsyayana. 

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