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Malaysia burned an estimated nine million dollars worth of seized pangolin scales in a move to send a strong message to poachers, and to prevent the illegal wildlife trafficking of pangolin from Africa.
At the time, officials reported that the pangolin scales, which were determined to be from the African species, were discovered, along with false documentation in several shipments from Ghana and Cameroon.
As often reported by WAN, endangered pangolins, which are often referred to as the world’s most trafficked mammal, have scales that are falsely believed to be valuable in traditional Chinese medicine.
Tragically, wild pangolins in Malaysia have also fallen victim to rampant hunting and deforestation.