Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Energy News  

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

China seizes eight tonnes of endangered pangolins

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) July 15, 2010
Chinese customs said they have seized nearly eight tonnes of frozen pangolins -- an endangered species of scaly anteater -- from a fishing boat off the southern coast.

The vessel was intercepted in June carrying the huge haul of animals and nearly two tonnes of their scales, said a statement on the website of customs authorities in Jiangmen in Guangdong province.

The pangolin is designated as endangered in China, and anyone found guilty of smuggling the rare animals or their parts faces life in prison or even the death penalty.

However, the meat of the pangolin is considered a delicacy, fuelling trade in the animals, while their scales are scraped off for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

International trade in pangolins is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

The crew of the boat, which held 2,090 frozen pangolins, confessed they had been hired to sail from China to two meeting points at sea where they received the cargo.

They were intercepted en route back to China, where pangolin meat can fetch 600 to 800 yuan (89 to 118 dollars) a kilogramme on the black market, while their scales can cost 4,000 yuan a kilo.

According to wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, a member of the crew had received instructions by satellite telephone on where to rendezvous at sea.

"The use of satellite phones and trans-shipment of cargo at sea are indicative of the increasingly sophisticated methods being used by the organised criminal gangs involved in wildlife crime," James Compton, TRAFFIC's Asia Pacific coordinator, said in a statement emailed to AFP.

According to Jiangmen customs authorities, a total of 38,599 rare animal parts were seized in China between 2007 and the end of June this year.

Pangolins are indigenous to the jungle of Indonesia, parts of Malaysia and areas of southern Thailand.

Wildlife officials have said the animals face a serious threat from poachers and smugglers in Southeast Asia, with inadequate punishment and lack of information encouraging the burgeoning trade.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

AgBank shares to start trading in Hong Kong
Hong Kong (AFP) July 16, 2010
Agricultural Bank of China's shares were set to start trading in Hong Kong Friday, one day after the bank's mammoth initial public offering drew a tepid investor response in its Shanghai debut. The last of China's "Big Four" state banks to go public is on track to raise a world record 22.1 billion US dollars in the dual Hong Kong-Shanghai listing which has shone a spotlight on investor confi ... read more

Britain unveils Google Earth map showing temperature rises

GOES Brings Hurricane Alley Live To The Wireless

Eyes In The Sky Give India Edge In Space

Researchers Witness Overnight Breakup And Retreat Of Greenland Glacier

Lockheed Martin Unveils GPS Exhibit At UN

Tracking System Leads Rescuers To Birds Caught In Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

New System Helps Locate Car Park Spaces

Skyhook Wireless Partners With Samsung Electronics For Leading Location System

Illegal logging of tropical forests in decline: study

SLeone lifts ban on timber exports: government

Ferns And Fog On The Forest Floor

Storm may have killed half a billion trees

Ukraine Milk Company Powered By 4,000 Cows And GE Biogas Engine

All Systems Go At World's Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

ExxonMobil And Synthetic Genomics Advance Algae Biofuels Program

Breaking Biomass Better

Quantum And Asola Expand Into Canada

Day4 Energy Announces The Completion Of Two Major PV Projects In Germany

Solar Savings Could Help Britain's Churches And Other Religious Buildings

Enfinity Partners With Satcon For French Utility Scale PV Solar Installation

Study Shows Stability And Utility Of Floating Wind Turbines

Leading French Wind Farm Developer Says Yes To Triton

Floating ocean wind turbines proposed

China to dominate wind power

China mine explosion leaves at least six dead

Carbon monoxide kills nine miners in China

Nine trapped in flooded China coal mine: state media

China coal mine explosion kills 47

Tibet's next leader?

China tells dissident writer book on PM could mean prison

Google says still waiting for China licence decision

Celebrations and sadness as Dalai Lama turns 75

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement