Philippines seizes butchered pangolins

Jan 06, 2012
An environment officer checks pangolin meat after it was seized at the Palawan airport. Philippine wildlife authorities seized a huge shipment of meat and scales from up to a hundred slaughtered pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, officials said on Friday.

Philippine wildlife authorities seized a huge shipment of meat and scales from up to a hundred slaughtered pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, officials said on Friday.

Their meat and scales were probably destined for China to be used in culinary delicacies, and handicrafts, the officials said.

No one was arrested in the seizure operations this week at Puerto Princesa airport on the island of Palawan, the only area where they can be found in the Philippines, said local conservation official Alex Marciada.

"We suspect, considering the volume of the scales, that between 80 to 100 individual () were butchered," Marciada, spokesman of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, told AFP.

The pangolin, which eats termites and ants, is a protected animal in the Philippines where it is considered "near-threatened" by the International Union for the due to extensive hunting and habitat loss.

Palawan authorities seized 26.5 kilograms (58 pounds) of pangolin meat on Wednesday and 95 kilograms of pangolin scales on Monday at Puerto Princesa airport, Marciada said.

Also seized with the pangolin scales were 90.5 kilograms of scales from endangered , he said, describing the seizures as the biggest haul of trafficked pangolin meat in Palawan.

Wildlife officers said the shipment was disguised as frozen goat meat.

The government is hunting for those behind the killing of the pangolins which is punishable by up to six years in jail for every animal killed, said wildlife enforcement officer Adelina Villena.

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Moebius
2.1 / 5 (7) Jan 06, 2012
Their meat and scales were probably destined for China to be used in culinary delicacies, traditional medicine and handicrafts, the officials said.


Probably? Without any doubt they were going to those scum.
neovenator
5 / 5 (1) Jan 07, 2012
Their meat and scales were probably destined for China to be used in culinary delicacies, traditional medicine and handicrafts, the officials said.


Probably? Without any doubt they were going to those scum.


fully agree, those humans there with their prehistoric believes... and greedy stomachs... the Japanese - the whale-slaughters are not more different... Alas for the pangolins and sea turtles :((
Sinister1811
1.6 / 5 (7) Jan 07, 2012
As I was saying. This is wrong. And those Chinese will eat almost anything they can sink their teeth into. I've never understood the third world need to hunt everything to extinction.

Why the f*ck? My last comment was removed as "pointless verbiage".

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