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17 Jul 2014

Progress for Pangolins at CITES Meeting in Geneva  0

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Pangolins received much-needed attention at the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, held July 7-11 in Geneva. PHOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust
Pangolins received much-needed attention at the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee, held July 7-11 in Geneva. PHJOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust

The 65th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee held in Geneva yielded positive results for pangolins with the establishment of an intercessional working group on pangolins, which adopted a mandate calling for robust reporting requirements on pangolin trade and conservation.

On Wednesday, July 9, multiple interventions were made on behalf on pangolins regarding SC65 Doc. 27.1 Enforcement Matters.

Several pangolin range states, including India, Indonesia, mainland China and Hong Kong, expressed their concerns regarding the trafficking menace facing this species … full article at ANNAMITICUS.


02 Jul 2014

Species Survival Network Launches Pangolin Working Group  0

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The Pangolin Working Group will address legal and illegal trade in pangolins to ensure that wild populations are protected, and that CITES trade restrictions are adequately implemented and enforced. PHOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust
The Pangolin Working Group will address legal and illegal trade in pangolins to ensure that wild populations are protected, and that CITES trade restrictions are adequately implemented and enforced.
PHOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust

WASHINGTON, DC – The Species Survival Network (SSN), an international coalition of over 100 NGOs, has established a Pangolin Working Group to address legal and illegal trade in pangolins to ensure that wild populations are protected, and that CITES trade restrictions are adequately implemented and enforced.

The Working Group has committed itself to ensuring that these enigmatic species are not traded into extinction and will press for the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of applicable national and international regulations protecting pangolins, including the commitments made by 180 of the world’s governments under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The Group will also work towards the uplisting of all eight pangolin species to CITES Appendix I, which prohibits international commercial trade … full article at ANNAMITICUS.


22 Jun 2014

6 Months of Pangolin Trafficking in Asia: 17 Seizures in 6 Countries  0

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More than three tons of pangolin scales from Africa were seized in Asia during the first six months of 2014. PHOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust
More than three tons of pangolin scales from Africa were seized in Asia during the first six months of 2014. PHOTO: Tikki Hywood Trust

During the first six months of 2014, at least 17 pangolin trafficking incidents were reported across six Asian countries: China (including Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, and Thailand.

As of June 18, the volume of pangolin scales seized per incident ranged from two (2) to 2,340 kilograms (2.6 tons). A total of 23 suspects were arrested, including two women. Cars, pickup trucks, motorbikes, mail, and maritime freight containers were used to transport the bodies and scales of thousands of pangolins. A particularly worrying indicator is that two seizures of scales in Hong Kong — totaling just over three tons — apparently came from African pangolins … (full article at ANNAMITICUS)


18 Jun 2014

2 Tons of Pangolin Scales from Cameroon Seized in Hong Kong  0

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Two tons of pangolin scales from Cameroon via Malaysia were intercepted by Hong Kong Customs officers on June 11, 2014. Photo via news.gov.hk
Two tons of pangolin scales from Cameroon via Malaysia were intercepted by Hong Kong Customs officers on June 11, 2014. Photo via news.gov.hk

Hong Kong Customs officials have intercepted an illegal shipment of 2.6 tons of pangolin scales from Cameroon via Malaysia — the second haul from the African continent in less than a month.

The 2,340 kg of scales were discovered on June 11, inside 115 bags on a shipment declared as timber. A “Malaysian businessman” was arrested following the discovery, but has since been released on bail pending further investigation … (full article at ANNAMITICUS)


03 Apr 2014

Recent Seizure Highlights Pangolin Trafficking from Pakistan to China  0

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Recent Seizure Highlights Pangolin Trafficking from Pakistan to China (via Annamiticus)

Pakistan customs officials have seized 145kg of pangolin scales at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad, from two Chinese nationals. The pair was identified as Lou Ruiyuan (passport E112653H) and Ying Fulan (passport E04400002), according…

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03 Jan 2014

Pangolin Trafficking: Over 8,000 Pangolins Seized in 2013  0

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Pangolin Trafficking: Over 8,000 Pangolins Seized in 2013 (via Annamiticus)

2013 was another deadly year for pangolins, with an estimated 8,125 of these shy creatures confiscated in 49 instances of illegal trade across 13 countries. Because seizures represent just 10 to 20 percent of the actual illegal trade volume, this strongly…

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28 Nov 2013

122 Live Pangolins Seized in Thailand, One in Zimbabwe  0

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122 Live Pangolins Seized in Thailand, One in Zimbabwe (via Annamiticus)

Thai customs officials intercepted the smuggling of 122 live pangolins, which were stowed away in sacks inside an SUV, and believed to be headed for China. It is thought that the pangolins were captured in Indonesia and/or Malaysia. The incident occurred…

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09 Nov 2013

Pangolin Scales Seized in Hong Kong, 2 Arrested [Photos]  0

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Pangolin Scales Seized in Hong Kong, 2 Arrested [Photos] (via Annamiticus)

Hong Kong Customs foiled a pangolin smuggling operation on October 30, 2013, when a “suspicious” fishing vessel was observed leaving the port of Tap Shek Kok. Officers gave chase and intercepted the vessel near the island of Sha Chau. In addition…

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25 Oct 2013

Pangolin Trafficking: 2011 to October 2013 [Infographic]  0

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Pangolin Trafficking: 2011 to October 2013 [Infographic] (via Annamiticus)

During the months of August through October 2013, at least 2,804 pangolins were recorded in 15 pangolin trafficking incidents across seven countries. This conservative figure represents both live and dead pangolins, as well as pangolin scales, destined…

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03 Sep 2013

102 Live Pangolins Confiscated in Thailand, Scales Seized in India  0

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102 Live Pangolins Confiscated in Thailand, Pangolin Scales Seized in India (via Annamiticus)

In a span of less than five days, two pangolin trafficking incidents were reported in two countries: On September 1, 2013, police in Khon Kaen seized 102 pangolins from a pickup truck owned by Pornchai Sangsila, a native of Samut Songkhram. This follows…

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