PANGOLIN PHOTOS: Fetus Soup, Other "Cures" Drive Trade

PANGOLIN PHOTOS: Fetus Soup, Other
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A poacher in a pangolin-processing house prepares to boil a carcass in Indonesia in 2008. The pangolin will then be de-scaled and gutted for freezing and shipping into China, the primary market for pangolin products.

Last year officials intercepted 38 tons of frozen pangolin carcasses being smuggled into China.

According to a July 14, 2009, conservation report, national laws and international treaties such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have had little effect on the black market pangolin trade, due to lack of enforcement.
— Photograph courtesy WWF/TRAFFIC/IUCN
 
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