Pangolins under threat as illegal trafficking grows

This elusive creature may be little known by the public, but it's actually the most common victim of poaching. In the face of this mass hunting, NGOs are calling for strong actions to protect the pangolin.

This is the world’s most poached mammal.

In just one decade, over a million pangolins would have been killed to be illegally sold. And trafficking continues to develop. Consequently, the mass hunting of these shy animals results in the decline of their population. So, in 2016, the international trade of pangolins was prohibited.

To meet the demand, trafficking is taking place on a global scale via criminal networks. For example, pangolins are being hunted by traffickers in Central Africa. They then transit through Germany, Belgium or Turkey before being sold in Europe or Asia. As a result, all 8 species of pangolins are considered endangered.

Between 2016 and 2019, over 200 tons of illegal scales were seized around the world. According to several NGOs, this would represent only a small fraction of the total traffic. While the average weight of a shipment of scales was at 2.2 tons in 2016, it rose to 6.2 tons in 2019.


02/14/2020 11:43 AM


  • Vicky W.
    09/08/2021 04:16

    Stop the killing,protect,not destroy,some people would put anything in there mouths,have some dignity and grow A, conscions

  • Jacqueline P.
    05/07/2021 15:58

    Le pauvre il a une blessure sur le dos

  • Natalie M.
    03/19/2021 02:43

    What proof that the scales a magical or valuable.whats out another covid virus will come.revenge of the animals,😡

  • Brian G.
    12/13/2020 04:46

    Needs to be protected

  • Marina P.
    12/08/2020 13:46

    Poor little souls 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  • Marina P.
    12/08/2020 13:45

    Those kind of people 💩💩🧠🧠💩💩🦠🦠🦠👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿👎🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

  • Christine F.
    09/25/2020 11:34

    I hate this going on in life... Leave the precious ones alone

  • Susana G.
    03/12/2020 13:46

    They're superstitious, shark fins, rodent livers. They're for libido.

  • Nancy A.
    03/11/2020 05:27


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    03/10/2020 01:58


  • Kenet B.
    03/09/2020 07:31

    Chinese asshouls !!!

  • Carl I.
    03/09/2020 05:29

    Rolling Thunder!

  • Rhianda
    03/09/2020 05:25

    Chinesse again!!! 😠😤😡

  • Shoáib A.
    03/09/2020 04:20

    Stop this cruelty 🤬🤬🤬

  • Sonia C.
    03/09/2020 03:00

    😡😠poor animals!! Very sad situation

  • Isabelita F.
    03/08/2020 22:04

    Stop this animal cruelty!

  • Manuel L.
    03/08/2020 21:05

    😞😔😢 😞 sad

  • Linda B.
    03/08/2020 19:09

    This is ridiculous! Something needs to be done to stop this!😡🤬

  • Claudia T.
    03/08/2020 19:04

    The Sars and Coronavirus' started in Chinese wet markets because the elite there love exotic animals for food.

  • Martina Z.
    03/08/2020 18:21

    maledetti pangolini

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