Benin | Over 500kg of pangolin scales, bound for Vietnam, seized; 3 arrested
Anti-trafficking authorities have seized 513 kilograms (1,131 pounds) of pangolin scales at Cotonou airport in the West African country of Benin, the Beninese newspaper La Nouvelle Tribune reports.
The paper reported that three people were arrested on March 19 on their way to Vietnam with 23 bags of scales, likely destined for use in traditional medicines. Hunters also go after these anteater-like animals for their meat. The eight species of pangolin are today the most trafficked mammals on the planet, according to the IUCN Pangolin Specialist Group.