Custom officials at the Tien Sa Port in the central city of Da Nang joined forces with officers from the Ministry of Public Security in the crackdown. They discovered ivory and pangolin scales weighing around 10 tons hidden in a plastic waste container imported from Nigeria. The container was sent to the Thien Truong Su Company in Nghe An Province, a 12-hour drive to the north of Da Nang. At the time of inspection, the company failed to provide legal documents to specify the origin and description of the shipment. Police said they are investigating the issue further to identify those involved. Thursday’s raid came a week after authorities at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi seized nearly a ton of ivory and pangolin scales hidden in cargo boxes, also sent from Nigeria. Vietnamese law prohibits the hunting, killing, trade and transportation of wild animals, but the high returns continue to lure many people into trafficking networks. The tiny and shy pangolin, which resembles a scaly anteater, is the world’s most heavily trafficked mammal despite bans. Pangolins are treasured in Vietnam and the region for their meat and alleged medicinal properties of their scales. Vietnam outlawed the ivory trade… Read full this story
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