Destruction of Confiscated Pangolin Scales in Yaoundé, Cameroon
On the eve of World Pangolin Day, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service commends the Government of Cameroon for its destruction today of approximately 3 metric tons of confiscated pangolin scales. Pangolins are believed to be the most heavily trafficked wild mammals in the world, with as many as 1 million pangolins being poached from the wild during the last decade. Today’s pangolin scale burn event, the first of its kind in Africa, will send a strong message that the poaching of pangolins and trafficking of their meat and scales will no longer be tolerated in Cameroon.

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