Pangolin Seizure in Hong Kong Demonstrates Need for Stronger Protection for World’s Most Trafficked Mammals

Pangolin Seizure in Hong Kong Demonstrates Need for Stronger Protection for Worl
Monday, 27 June, 2016
Washington D.C.

This week, Hong Kong SAR of China Customs seized about 4,000 kilograms of pangolin scales from a container at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound. As a leader in a coalition of over 20 groups working to list all eight species under Appendix I of CITES and as co-author on a technical petition to list the pangolins under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement:

“Market prices for pangolin scales have increased in recent years, fueling unprecedented poaching and increasing intercontinental trade. There is no question that pangolins are suffering deeply at the hands of traffickers – both in Asia and in Africa. This most recent incident is another example of why stronger protections for pangolins are needed immediately.

The U.S. government is in a position to do something to help this species, as it evaluates and makes a decision on the technical petition to list pangolins under the Endangered Species Act, submitted last year by IFAW along with the Humane Society International, Born Free and the Center for Biological Diversity.  The rest of the world will have their opportunity to help save this unique animal this October when there will be a global vote on greater international protection from trade for all 8 pangolin species at the CITES Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa

If nothing is done to protect these animals, we could be witnessing the extinction of one or more pangolin species in our lifetimes.”                                           

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