Malaysia torches 2.8 tonnes of African pangolin scales


Malaysia on Thursday torched nearly three tonnes of seized scales of endangered pangolins worth $9m in a bid to deter illegal wildlife trafficking from Africa.

The Southeast Asian nation is battling to clamp down on rife trafficking through its borders of the ant-eating mammals, whose scales are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine.

“Such a huge seizure and torching of it is definitely a blow to smuggling syndicates,” Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, the director-general of the Wildlife and National Parks Department told AFP.

Some 3 000 pangolins would have been killed to obtain the 2 800kg of scales, Abdul Kadir estimated.

The scales were confiscated by customs officials at Malaysia’s Port Klang between May and September 2017.

The animal parts arrived in three different shipments from Ghana and…

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