China’s appetite for pangolins fuels an illicit trade

The endangered species is considered a delicacy among China's nouveau riche and a curative in traditional medicine, but outlawed for export under international conservation covenants

August 22, 2017 4:10 PM (UTC+8)
Live pangolins seized by authorities in an anti-smuggling raid in Belawan, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 13, 2017. Indonesian authorities have seized hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales in a haul worth 190,000 USD after uncovering a major smuggling operation, an official said on June 14. Photo: AFP/Gatha Ginting
Live pangolins seized by authorities in an anti-smuggling raid in Belawan, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 13, 2017. Indonesian authorities have seized hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales in a haul worth 190,000 USD after uncovering a major smuggling operation, an official said on June 14. Photo: AFP/Gatha Ginting
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