31 Dec '15, 12am

Illegal pangolin trade in Myanmar booming - TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News

Illegal pangolin trade in Myanmar booming - TRAFFIC - Wildlife Trade News

Pangolin for sale in Mong La © Chris R Shepherd / TRAFFIC Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 31st December 2015 —Illegal trade in live pangolins, their meat, and their scales in the Special Development Zone of Mong La, Myanmar, is booming according to a study co-authored by TRAFFIC published this week in Global Ecology and Conservation . Surveys of Mong La’s morning market, wildlife trophy shops and wild meat restaurants by the paper’s authors during four visits from 2006 to 2015 found 42 bags of scales, 32 whole skins, 16 foetuses or pangolin parts in wine, and 27 whole pangolins openly for sale, clearly indicating this town is as a significant hub of the pangolin trade. The origin of the pangolins offered for sale in Mong La appears to include pangolins sourced from Myanmar itself, as well as from neighbouring countries, and potentially Africa—ivory, rhino horn and hippo teeth fro...

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