Singapore pangolin scales haul world's biggest in five years

World | 4 Apr 2019 6:59 pm

Singapore has seized 12.9 tons of pangolin scales found in a shipping container destined for Vietnam, the biggest seizure of its kind globally in five years, authorities said today, Reuters reports. 
The scales of pangolin, the world's most poached animal, were found yesterday packed in 230 bags in the container along with 177 kg of elephant ivory. 
"The shipment was declared to contain frozen beef and was on the way from Nigeria to Vietnam," Singapore Customs and the National Parks Board said, estimating the total value of the animal parts at more than US$120 million. 
Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are critically endangered. They are coveted for their meat -- considered a delicacy -- and scales used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat aliments from cancer to arthritis. 
The seizure was the largest single haul of scales globally in five years and came from at least 17,000 pangolins, the parks board said. -Photo: Singapore Customs/CNA

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