Hong Kong’s black market in pangolin scales feed demand in mainland China

China, Hong Kong
By Karen Zhang, on May 29, 2019

Fears have been raised that tonnes of illegally hoarded pangolin scales in Hong Kong have been smuggled to mainland China after it was revealed the city has issued just one licence for possession.

Government records reveal a solitary permit has been handed out for 350kg of the endangered mammal’s scales since a global ban on their trade was imposed in 2017.

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Karen Zhang

Karen was a reporter at the South China Morning Post based in Hong Kong from May 2018 to June 2020. Her interest incl…