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


  • 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


  • Sadie J.
    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

  • Audrey L.
    03/08/2020 18:09

    Poor babies 😥

  • Nasser M.
    03/01/2020 11:41

    سبحان الله

  • Enmanuel G.
    03/01/2020 01:36

    Eso estas dificil XK esos animalitos selo comen los chinos y la Sangre la cojen para Medicinas ylo chino no leparan a Na

  • Armando D.
    03/01/2020 01:28

    Because of this stupid traditional beliefs these ignorant people practicing it not knowing how they destroying the ecosystem. Government should stop it through imposing heavy punishment.

  • Hani M.
    03/01/2020 00:34

    الإنسان أشد خطرا من الحيوان

  • Reinaldo A.
    03/01/2020 00:12

    La venganza de la fauna. Se dió vuelta la tortilla. Nos toca a nosotros!!!!!!

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