Where Illegal Pangolin Trafficking Is Rampant
The grim discovery is the latest setback for the pangolin which has been labeled one of the world's most trafficked animals. The small, nocturnal mammal lives in both Africa and Asia and is trafficked for its meat and scales. Even though there is an international ban on the trade of pangolins, illegal trafficking is rife due to beliefs in parts of East Asia that their ground-up scales can stimulate lactation or cure diseases such as cancer.
The most recent trafficking data published by the United Nations Office on Drugs an Crime refers to the period from 2005 to 2015. During that decade, Indonesia was the top source country for pangolins seized with 13,462 recorded. China was the top destination country with more than 33,000 animals intercepted.
This chart shows the number of illegal pangolins seized by origin and destination country (2005 to 2015)