CITES has given pangolins the highest level of protection
But the illegal trade is still going on…
In 2016, all eight species of pangolin were re-classified to appendix I under the Convention in the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to give them the highest level of protection. Unfortunately, illegal trade is still ongoing. In 2017, China seized 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales - the equivalent of around 20,000 pangolins.
Since 2005, ENV has documented over 69 tons of frozen pangolins and pangolin scales seized from smugglers at Hai Phong, northern Vietnam’s export hub. Pangolins are often smuggled into this major Vietnamese seaport, before heading north to Chinese border by road.
The Wildlife Justice Commission called for action after identifying a large rise in pangolin scale smuggling.
Consequently, their numbers are decreasing quickly Asia and Africa. In the last 10 years, the Pangolin Crisis Fund says poachers have killed one million pangolins.