Philippines, April 13, 2013— The Philippine Coast Guard and marine park rangers at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park discovered an estimated 2000 frozen pangolins on a Chinese fishing vessel which had run aground. The vessel is reported to have come from Indonesia.
- An inspection of the hold turned up four hundred boxes each containing four or five dressed pangolins. Twelve Chinese crewmen aboard the ship were taken into custody and charged with poaching, attempted bribery of marine park rangers and several violations of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act.
The crewmen face a dozen years in prison and fines up to $300,000 for the poaching, however wildlife criminals are rarely sentenced to the full extent of the law.
While most news of illegal wildlife trade involves elephants, rhinos, and big cats, the Pangolin, also known as the scaly anteater, is the most illegally traded animal on earth.
Pangolins are highly valued…
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