Malaysia seizes six tonnes of illegally smuggled animal parts

Officials on Sunday discovered nearly six tonnes of ivory and other animal parts at the western port of Selangor state.

The animal parts are believed to have been shipped from Africa, Malaysian customs director general Zajuli Johan said on Monday.

Malaysian customs shared photos showing an animal skull and a plethora of teeth and other animal parts, including jewelry that appears to be made of ivory.

Malaysia is one of several Southeast Asian countries that conservationists have identified as a major transit point for endangered wildlife illegally en route to other Asian countries, mostly China.

Confiscated pangolin scales displayed in Port Klang, Malaysia on July 18.

Parts of many of these animals, such as lion bones, are used for traditional medicine. Pangolins, which are massive burrowing insectivores about the size of a house cat, are highly prized for their meat and scales, which are considered a delicacy and valuable in traditional medicine – and hunted to their limits. has gone.

In 2020, the Chinese government removed pangolin scales from its list of approved ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine, a move campaigners described as an important step toward saving the world’s most trafficked mammal. .