Nine-fold rise in recent seizures spells trouble for Philippine Pangolins
Manila, Philippines, 4th August 2020—Over 90 percent of the Philippine Pangolins documented to have been seized from illegal trade over the last two decades have been seized in the last two years of the period, says a new TRAFFIC study. The estimated equivalent of 740 Critically Endangered Philippine Pangolins were seized from illegal trade in the country between 2000 and 2017. However, between 2018 and 2019, an estimated 6,894 pangolins were seized suggesting a stunning nine-fold increase in pangolins seized between the two periods.
Endangered by Trade: The ongoing illegal pangolin trade in the Philippines
Emerson Y. Sy, Kanitha Krishnasamy