Tens of thousands of pangolins are poached and killed for their scales for use in traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed their meat is a delicacy among some ultra-wealthy in the Asian continent.
Aswa River Region Police Spokesman ASP Jimmy Patrick Okema - Photo by Dominic Ochola
Sudanese soldiers are in trouble for attempting to sell a Pangolin.
The two are
John Chol Malou Mayen, an Immigration Officer attached to Nimule One-Stop
Boarder Post at Nimule Town in South Sudan and Lt. Denis Arop Ocan Lotyang.
were arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Elegu Town Council. According to Police, Lt.
John Chol Malou Mayen helped to transport endangered animal to Uganda in his vehicle.
Samson Okello, the Commandant of Elegu Border
Checkpoint, says the suspects had planned to sell the pangolin at Shillings 15
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police
Spokesperson, says the pangolin was recovered from a Mark II motor vehicle Reg
No: SSJS 330B that was being driven by suspects.
He says arrangements
are underway to transfer the suspects to Kampala to
answer to the charges of illegal possession of protected Wildlife Species
vide Elegu SD REF: 26/18/02/2020.
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Pangolins are very unique and insectivorous
world’s most trafficked non-human mammal in the international illegal wildlife
Their scale comprises keratin that is rich in protein, which is found in
rhino horn and human fingernails.
Tens of thousands of Pangolins are poached and
killed for their scales for use in traditional Chinese
medicine. Their meat is
a delicacy among some ultra-wealthy people on the Asian continent.