Bear paws, pangolin scales: Wildlife trade flourishing in Mekong

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/6/4/bear-paws-pangolin-scales-wildlife-trade-flourishing-in-mekong

Investigation finds thousands of illegal animal parts and products at markets across five countries.

Pangolin scales for sale in a market in Mong La in Myanmar [Courtesy of Chris R Shepherd/TRAFFIC]
Pangolin scales for sale in a market in Mong La in Myanmar [Courtesy of Chris R Shepherd/TRAFFIC]

4 Jun 2021

A new study by TRAFFIC, a group that monitors the illegal trade in wildlife, has found thousands of animal parts and products – from pangolin scales to ivory and bear bile – for sale in five countries in mainland Southeast Asia, underlining the region’s struggle to address wildlife crime and the need to intensify anti-trafficking efforts.

The group says its researchers found close to 78,000 illegal wildlife parts and products for sale in more than 1,000 outlets in select towns and cities in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar throughout 2019 and 2020.KEEP READINGGoing wild: Facebook culls illegal wildlife ads as trade growsBy the numbers: Illegal wildlife trade threatens speciesThe Lizard King:…

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