14 tons of pangolin scales seized in Singapore in a single smuggling bust

( CNN) Arbiter in Singapore have seized one of the most important ever shipments of pangolin proportions en route to Vietnam, importance an estimated $38.7 million.

A scale-covered, cat-sized nocturnal mammal that subsists on ants and termites, pangolin are among the most trafficked swine in the world. In China and Vietnam, they are eaten as a elegance and used in traditional medication, with their keratin rich scales believed to have a legion of positive benefits — including aiding breastfeeding and healing asthma or cancer — none of which is supported by discipline.