17 Feb '15, 4pm

42 pangolins rescued...then sold to restaurants

On February 1st, local police seized 42 live Sunda pangolins (Manis javanica ) from poachers and handed them over to forest rangers in Vietnam's northern province of Bac Ninh. While the poachers were slapped with a fine, the rangers turned around and sold the live pangolins to local restaurants for a reported $56 a kilo, netting a total of $11,300 for the Critically Endangered mammals, reports the Thanh Nien Daily . The decision to sell off the pangolins has sparked sharp criticism of Bac Ninh’s Forest Management Department from the conservation group, Education for Nature-Vietnam. "Any violations regarding the animals should receive criminal punishment. We also can't treat them simply as evidence of a crime and then trade them," Nguyen Thi Phuong Dung, deputy director of Education for Nature-Vietnam, told the Thanh Nien Daily. He called the decision a "failure" to protect...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0217-hance-pangolins-rescue...

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