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Mar032009

100 tonnes of pangolins the tip of the iceberg

A senior official with the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN), claims the more than 100 tonnes of pangolin meat seized last year in Southeast Asia destined for China is only 10-20% of the total trafficked, reports AFP

Pangolins face worst threat in SE Asia: wildlife official
AFP
3 March 2009


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — Pangolins face the worst threat from poachers and smugglers in Southeast Asia with inadequate punishment and lack of information encouraging the burgeoning trade, according to a wildlife official.

Trade in the animals, also known as scaly anteaters, is expected to increase unless governments here take tougher action, Chumphon Sukkaseam, a senior official with the Association of Southeast Asean Nations (ASEAN) Wildlife Enforcement Network said.

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