Another pangolin scale seizure reinforces need for protection

The seven-ton seizure represents thousands of pangolins being poached from the wild, such as the one pictured here from Kasungu National Park – and that’s only what was caught.Just three weeks after the last massive pangolin seizure in Kuala Lumpur, another seven tons of pangolin scales were seized in Hong Kong coming from Nigeria. The amount of scales in this seizure alone—ten times the size of the last—represents thousands of slaughtered pangolins.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare was part of a coalition of more than 20 groups that worked to achieve protections for all eight pangolin species under Appendix I of CITES in September 2016, and was co-author of a technical petition to list pangolins under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Today’s seven-ton seizure represents thousands of pangolins being poached from the wild – and that’s only what was caught.

It is clear that if something is not done urgently, pangolins could soon vanish for good.

We urge consumer countries to increase their demand reduction efforts and encourage the US government to act swiftly as it evaluates and decides whether to list pangolins under the ESA.

Curbing demand is critical in stopping the trade altogether and giving the species the ESA protection it deserves would shine a light on the plight of this little known but imperiled animal and promote further action abroad.

--MH

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