Sunday, July 3, 2016

Another conflict between conservation, biodiversity, laws and enforcement, authority, integrity, public education and international networking.The pangolin, which looks like a cross between an anteater and an armadillo, is the world’s most trafficked mammal. The Southeast Asian variety, the Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica), is critically endangered. The creature is poached for its scales and blood, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, and for its meat, a delicacy in China and Vietnam.

A live pangolin stares out from the poultry cage it had been locked in by illegal wildlife traffickers, while an Indonesian law enforcement agent looks on. Photo by Paul Hilton/Wildlife Conservation Society.
Image courtesy of UNODC, World Wildlife Crime Report: Trafficking in protected species, 2016.

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