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Wednesday
Aug 26 2009

Bear paws turn up in nationwide raids

The bear paws confiscated from a trader's cold room. Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC Southeast Asia

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26 August 2009—Malaysia's wildlife authority has seized several protected animals and parts of wildlife including bear paws, in a string of raids across the country in the last two weeks.

On August 11, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) found four bear paws in the cold room of a licensed trader’s store in the town of Kemaman in Terengganu, a state on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

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Tuesday
Jul 14 2009

Toothless laws encourage rising demand for Asian pangolins

Rising demand for pangolins for their meat, scales and skin is wiping the animals out of Southeast Asia, according to pangolin experts Click photo to enlarge © Bjorn Olesen Updates: On 15 July, Guangzhou Customs officials seized more than a tonne—1194 kg—of frozen pangolins and 602 kg of dry rat snake skins. Life for ring leader of wildlife smuggling gang who trafficked 2,000 pangolins and other animals in China. In India, Assam Rifles troops make several pangolin seizures in July. Details at end of release.

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Singapore, 14 July 2009—rising demand for pangolins, mostly from mainland China, compounded by lax laws is wiping out the unique toothless anteaters from their native habitats in Southeast Asia, according to a group of leading pangolin experts.

Illegal trade in Asian pangolin meat and scales has caused the scaly anteaters to disappear from large swathes of Cambodia, Viet Nam and Lao PDR, concluded a panel of experts whose findings were announced today by the wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC.

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Thursday
Jan 08 2009

Seized pangolins should be destroyed—TRAFFIC

More than 5 tonnes of pangolin parts have been seized in Viet Nam, a few weeks after the government auctioned an earlier seizure. Click photo to enlarge © EW / TRAFFIC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8 January 2009—just two months after a major auction of seized pangolins in Hai Phong, Viet Nam, Customs officials seized another 4,400 kg of frozen pangolins and 900 kg of pangolin scales in Cai Lan seaport, Quang Ninh, Viet Nam.

The proximity of the two events, as well as the similarity in the size and packaging, has called into question the origin of the newly seized pangolins, with some speculating the shipment may have at least partially been sourced from the pangolins auctioned in October 2008. The latest seizure took place on 19 December 2008.

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Tuesday
Aug 05 2008

Indonesian police smash one of country's largest illegal wildlife smuggling operations

Although trade in pangolins is illegal, they are in high demand for their meat and for use in traditional medicines, particularly in China. Click photo to enlarge © Meg Gawler / WWF-Canon

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5 August 2008—Officers from the Indonesian National Police Criminal Investigation Bureau have raided the warehouse of a suspected illegal wildlife trader in the city of Palembang in South Sumatra. The raid uncovered over 14 tonnes of Malayan Pangolins Manis javanica , packed frozen ready for export, and led to the arrest of 14 suspects.

Pangolins are fully protected by Indonesia law, and are banned from international trade by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Yet, despite legal protection, illegal trade continues to push pangolins closer to the brink of extinction, with Indonesia being the main source of these animals, which are destined for China. In China, the skins and scales are used in traditional medicines and their meat is eaten.

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Monday
Jun 30 2008

Final call for pangolins

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It is now or never for pangolins: the poaching simply has to stop. Click photo to enlarge © TRAFFIC
Singapore, 30 June 2008—The perilous situation facing pangolin populations in Asia comes under the spotlight this week during a meeting jointly organized by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and TRAFFIC Southeast Asia.

Pangolins or scaly-anteaters are caught for consumption of their meat and for their scales, which are used in traditional medicines. However, excessive poaching means numbers in the wild are dwindling rapidly.

Pangolins are the most numerous mammals found in confiscated illegal wildlife cargoes throughout Southeast Asia, despite a complete ban on their trade.

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Monday
Mar 17 2008

23 tonnes of pangolins seized in a week

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The seizure of 23 tonnes of pangolins in a week by enforcement officers in Viet Nam highlights the scale of the illegal trade in these animals between Southeast Asia and China © Viet Nam Customs Click photo to enlarge
Cambridge, UK, 17 March 2008—On 6 March, Customs inspectors and enforcement officers seized more than 16 tonnes of pangolins at the port of Hai Phong, 100 km east of Hanoi, Viet Nam. It is the largest seizure of pangolins, or scaly anteaters, ever in Viet Nam.

According to the Deutsche Press Agency, the pangolins were hidden in two shipping containers en route from Indonesia to China.

One week earlier, on 29 February, around 7 tonnes of pangolin carcases and scales were seized by customs at Hai Phong. On that occasion, at least 2,460 pangolin carcases and 900 kg of scales were recovered.

Both shipments originated in Indonesia, where pangolins are completely protected by Indonesia’s national law. 

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Wednesday
Jan 30 2008

Cross-border intelligence-sharing leads to major seizure in Thailand

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Leopard, Clouded Leopard and Tiger skins on sale near the Thai border © Gerald S. Cubitt/WWF-Canon Click photo to enlarge

Bangkok, Thailand, 30 January 2008- The ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) is to support and help widen an investigation into an organized wildlife crime syndicate after yesterday's seizure of 11 dead Tigers, Leopards and Clouded Leopards, as well as 275 live pangolins from Khub Pung village of Tambon Nam Kham in Thailand, near the border with Lao PDR. 

The big cats, all wild-caught, are believed to have originated from southern Thailand or Malaysia, although this is still under investigation. The Royal Thai Navy's Khong River Coast Guard seized the pangolins from one truck and the six dead Tigers, three Leopards and two Clouded Leopards from another truck at 3 a.m. yesterday.

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