Phataginus tetradactyla_25percent - credit_ Chris Renshaw

Credit: Chris Renshaw

China’s complicity in the global illegal pangolin trade – Smoke and Mirrors

The world’s eight pangolin species are experiencing catastrophic levels of poaching and trafficking to feed demand for their scales, meat and other body parts.

In 2016, the global community agreed to make the international commercial trade in pangolins and their parts and derivatives illegal.

China is the primary destination for the vast quantities of pangolin scales trafficked internationally every year from across Asia and Africa by transnational criminal networks.