Smuggling of 23 more live Palawan pangolins foiled

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Mmbers of the Philippine Coast Guard inspect the Chinese vessel F/N Min Long Yu after it ran aground off Tubbataha Reef in this April 13, 2013, photo released by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila. Authorities have seized 23 more protected scaly anteaters found hidden in a cargo boat, in the second case of suspected trafficking of the species in a month, officials said. AP PHOTO/PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD

MANILA, Philippines—Authorities have seized 23 protected scaly anteaters found hidden in a cargo boat, in the second case of suspected trafficking of the species in a month, officials said.

The Coast Guard, acting on a tip, found 22 of the animals—also known as pangolins—alive and one dead, on a boat set to leave a port in Palawan on Saturday, a coast guard statement said.

The wild animals, believed to have been snatched from the island, were destined for Manila, said Palawan environment official Alex Marciada.

“At least we got them (the 22 live pangolins) back and we are now trying to rehabilitate them at the rescue center,” he told AFP.

Earlier this month, a Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground at the Tubbataha Reefs was found to be carrying hundreds of frozen pangolins in violation of international conservation rules.

The crew were detained and charged with poaching and illegal entry, while they face further charges of trafficking in protected species, said Marciada, spokesman for the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development.

The crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, he said.

No arrests have been made for the latest seizure of live pangolins.

The owner of the cargo could not be traced, Marciada said, adding that the government is considering charges against the boat owner instead.

Pangolins are widely hunted in parts of Asia for their meat, skin and scales. In China, they are considered a delicacy and are believed to have medicinal qualities.

In the Philippines, they are found only in Palawan and officials have expressed concerns that trafficking could lead to their extinction.

The Swiss-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the Philippine pangolin as “near-threatened.” The Philippines prohibits their capture and transportation.

All eight species of the insect-eating mammals are protected by international law.

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  • $42337655

    “The wild animals, believed to have been snatched from the island, were
    destined for Manila, said Palawan environment official Alex Marciada.”

    “…destined for Manila”………sundan ninyo yan at siguradong Intsik na naman ang may pakana niyan.

    Intsik ang sasalubong diyan sa Manila.

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Lets put these Chinese poachers also in the endangered species category.
    Twenty (20) years in jail, no more no less.

  • TagaMlang

    “The owner of the cargo could not be traced, Marciada said, adding that the government is considering charges against the boat owner instead.”

    Charge the boat owner and all the crew. Definitely, one of them will squeal and identify the shipper (cargo owner). Jail all of them for conspiracy – a concerted crime against poaching.

  • divictes

    The owner of the cargo could not be traced? Hmm, he must have covered his tracks with Ninoy’s face.

  • generalproblem

    dapat kasi patayin muna natin yung mga pinoy na nagbebenta ng mga yan sa mga intsik. buyer lang naman ang mga intsik eh. kung wala nagbebenta wala bibili.

    • sige_na

      Baliktarin kaya natin. Kung walang bumibili walang magbebenta.

      • generalproblem

        cg baliktarin mo isa ka siguro sa mga nagbebenta mga walang pakialam sa environment. kahit may bibili kung ang mga tao may pagpapahalaga sa kalikasan at hindi nababayaran di walang bibili.

  • akramgolteb

    “The Swiss-based International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the Philippine pangolin as “near-threatened.” The Philippines prohibits their capture and transportation.”

    May kulang sa sinabi ng Union for Conservation of Nature; “THE PHILIPPINES PROHIBITS THEIR CAPTURE AND TRANSPORTATION BUT IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT & YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT, IT IS ALLOWED.”

  • Timothy Te-Co

    Suggestion ko lang para “kumanta” sila…itali sa puno ang kapitan ng barko at ang mga tripolante nito tapos hubuan ang mga ito, lagyan ng mga langgam ang kanilang pototoy at pakawalan ang mga pangolin sa harapan nila….makaganti man lang ang mga pangolin…

  • WeAry_Bat

    Good job. They should deputize wildlife rangers in Palawan to go on a shoot-to-kill against poachers.

    The world has lost so many species to greedy men.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Great…just what the Philippines needed, more problems of smuggling.The Aquino Administration is having a bunch of problems with smuggling from rice to petroleum…now they smuggle protected species.

  • $26606290

    Kill the poachers….since they are not near-threatened.

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