Made to endure astounding levels of poaching and illegal trade, pangolins are another wildlife victim of insatiable consumer demand from various Asian nations.
There are eight species of pangolin, split evenly between Africa and Asia. They are shy, elusive and secretive mammals whose bodies are covered in hard, keratin scales. Recent years have seen an increase in the levels of national and international attention they are afforded but, given the legality of the pangolin market in China, reducing ingrained consumer demand is an ongoing conservation challenge. The vast majority of pangolins consumed in Asia are poached from Africa and all eight species are listed in Appendix I of CITES, prohibiting international trade.
of pangolins and their parts are trafficked internationally every year
different smuggling routes were used by pangolin traffickers between 2010 to 2015
and Viet Nam are the two primary consumer markets for pangolins
pangolins are estimated to have been poached in the last decade
The volume of pangolins scales being trafficked is astounding. Urgent legislative action is needed to deter traffickers from this devastating tradeKanitha Krishnasamy, Acting Director – Southeast Asia
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