Indonesian police seize 91 pangolins

2015-11-11 17:51
Protected scaly anteaters or pangolins wrapped in plastic bags, found hidden in a cargo boat at the port in Coron town, Palawan island, western Philippines. (AFP, PCG)

Protected scaly anteaters or pangolins wrapped in plastic bags, found hidden in a cargo boat at the port in Coron town, Palawan island, western Philippines. (AFP, PCG)

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Jakarta - Police in Indonesia's North Sumatra province on Wednesday seized 91 pangolins set to be smuggled to Malaysia, a report said. 

Police stopped a boat carrying the pangolins in waters off the port of Belawan and arrested its four crew members, according to the Detik.com news website.

Nine of the mammals found on the boat were dead, North Sumatra marine police chief Tubuh Musyareh was quoted as saying. 

Tubuh said the pangolins were worth an estimated about $30 000.

The critically endagered Sunda pangolin is one of the most illegally trafficked species internationally. 

It is mainly hunted for its skin, scales, and meat for use in clothing and traditional medicine.

Read more on:    indonesia  |  malaysia  |  conservation  |  animals

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