Malaysia a leading trafficking hub in illegal African pangolin trade

World | 21 Feb 2020 7:38 pm

In 2017, Malaysia emerged as an important transit, redistribution, and consolidation point for African pangolin scales, much like the role it plays in the ivory trade, an international wildlife NGO says in a report.

Between May and November 2017, Malaysia seized more than 17,000 African pangolin scales from just seven incidents, with new ports of entry recorded from two seizures involving over 8 tons of pangolin scales and 5 tons of ivory, a report from Traffic says.

Preliminary analysis of seizure data also shows that over 211,000 kg more pangolin scales and over 40,000 whole pangolins (live and dead) were seized globally from 2012–2019.

Seizures aside, Traffic’s research in open markets in the Greater Mekong region in 2019 highlights a consistent open availability of pangolin products, largely in Laos.


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