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Pangolin Traffickers Across Southeast Asia Busted | Environment News Service

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"Forty people have been arrested in five Southeast Asian countries in the largest coordinated operation against the illegal poaching and trade in pangolins,nocturnalmammals..."

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Dee C (229)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 11:33 pm
That is awesome news..
Thanks Kevin..

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 9, 2012, 12:42 am
"Pangolins are found across most of Asia and Africa. The nocturnal mammals feed on insects using a well-developed sense of smell to locate their prey. During the day, and for protection, pangolins curl into a ball, protected by large scales which cover their bodies.

Pangolins are poached and illegally traded by the thousands, due to a high demand for their scales, which are used in traditional medicine, and their meat, which is considered a delicacy.

During Operation Libra, conducted with the assistance of the World Customs Organization and the ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network, enforcement agencies conducted raids on restaurants and other premises across the region.

Some 1,220 pangolins were recovered, almost half of them still alive. In addition to pangolins, birds, snakes and eight tiger cubs were also seized in the raids.

In one case, as a result of close international cooperation, Indonesian authorities discovered a shipment of frozen pangolins bound for Vietnam."

Barbara Erdman (63)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 7:38 am
Noted and Thnx Kevin :)
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