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.
This demand have put in place multiple pangolin species on the endangered directory, with the Chinese Pangolin listed by the International Union for Conservation as “critically endangered, ” one step above being extinct in the wildernes.

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