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Friday, September 16, 2011

Four Arrested in Indonesia for Pangolin Smuggling

In July, Indonesian officials discovered twenty boxes filled with illegal pangolin meat and scales being shipped to China. MSNBC reports, "Eight tons of meat and scales, worth $269,000, were found in the boxes at Jakarta airport and at a warehouse raided the following day."

Pangolin parts are considered very valuable in Chinese culture, where they are believed to be aphrodisiacs and cure-alls. Using smoke or dogs to flush the nocturnal animals out of their dwellings, poachers easily collect pangolins, although they are becoming increasingly rare. These toothless creatures offer almost no defense against their predators, simply curling into a ball when threatened. The pangolin is protected in a variety of Asian countries, but conservationists want to push for greater penalties for those caught hunting and exporting the animals. As ant and termite eaters, pangolin survival would also benefit from a decrease in forest destruction.


  1. should chop them up and eat them the cruel idiots

    1. yup..China sucks!!!!! In more ways than one!!!!!

  2. Everything is believed to be an aphrodesiac and cure-all in Chinese culture. I am seriously considering selling them my dried and powdered feces, I'm sure I can easily make $3000/kg.

  3. Anonymous how stupid you are ! Chinese culture is one of the most sophisticated one, the Chinese medecine is one of the best one, it's not because some criminal kills and sell the meat of such innocent creatures that you have to insulte Chinese culture.
    Just look at yours, killing rabbits and birds for pleasure, same for fishes, is that a proof of your superiority ?
    Shame at you !

  4. Look at how tigers are near extinction now because of Chinese Medicine. Or how bears are suffering for their bile...Nothing can compare to that!