Law enforcement agencies across the world seized tonnes of protectedwildlife and forestry specimens and products, such as ivory, red sandalwood, and turtles, during a month-long Interpol-coordinated operation which saw hundreds of arrests and prompted investigations worldwide.
The fact that the pangolin is the world’s most trafficked mammal may have played a role in the emergence of the novel coronavirus, according to a report from the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime.
Authorities in Singapore seized on Tuesday nearly 8.8 tons of elephant ivory and 11.9 tons of pangolin scales that were transported from Congo to Vietnam disguised as crates of timber, according to the National Parks Board.
Members of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, announced a proposal to ban the use of pangolin products, the world’s most trafficked animal, in traditional Chinese medicine.
China denied Sunday accusations that two of its diplomats are involved in illegal ivory trafficking in Africa, after the President of Uganda ordered an investigation into the pair.
Malaysian authorities seized US$ 2.12 million worth of scales from pangolins, the world’s most poached animal, in what officials called Monday the country’s largest ever haul.
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