MALAYSIA TORCHES $9M WORTH OF AFRICAN PANGOLIN SCALES

Port Dickson, Malaysia - Dec 7 The authorities showed off the haul in front of the press in Port Dickson, Malaysia on Thursday. Malaysian authorities have burned nearly three tonnes of seized scales of endangered pangolins worth $9m. Some 3,000 pangolins would have been killed to obtain the 2.8 tonnes (2,800 kilograms) of scales, Abdul Kadir the director-general of the Wildlife and National Parks Departme estimated. The scales were confiscated by customs officials at Malaysia's Port Klang between May and September 2017. Pangolin scales are used in some traditional medicine as they are believed to have magical properties to increase blood circulation and lactation. Photo courtesy Bernama images

Last Updated: 2018-12-07

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