‘Record haul’ of pangolin scales from Nigeria seized

A record eight tonnes of pangolin scales found in a container from Nigeria have been unveiled by officials in Hong Kong.

Customs officers said they seized 8,300kg of pangolin scales and 2,100kg of ivory tusks hidden inside a container declared to be carrying frozen beef, reports the AFP news agency.

Officials estimated the value of the haul at HK$62m ($8m; £6.11m).

“This is a record high in quantity for a seizure of pangolin scales,”

the customs department said in a statement.

A man and a woman from a trading company in the city have been arrested, the department said.

Pangolins are sought after for the unproven medicinal properties of their scales – which are made from nothing more than keratin, the same material that makes up human fingernails and hair.

Watch this video from 2016, which explains that the pangolin is the most-trafficked mammal in the world, leading to fears it could become extinct:

First Published 01.02.19: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/africa

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