400 boxes containing frozen carcasses of anteaters found in Chinese ship that crashed into Tubbataha Reef

Agence Frence-Presse (via InterAksyon.com) reports that "the Philippine Coast Guard said Monday it had found hundreds of frozen scaly anteaters, or pangolins, in the cargo hold of a Chinese boat that ran aground at Tubbatah Reef last week. Wildlife officials have been informed of the surprising discovery, which could lead to more charges against the 12 crewmen of the Chinese vessel, who have been arrested."

Agence Frence-Presse (AFP), via InterAksyon.com, reports that on Monday, April 15, "the Philippine Coast Guard said it had found hundreds of frozen scaly anteaters, or pangolins, in the cargo hold of a Chinese boat that ran aground at Tubbatah Reef last week. Wildlife officials have been informed of the surprising discovery, which could lead to more charges against the 12 crewmen of the Chinese vessel, who have been arrested."

 

The report quoted PCG spokesman Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo, who revealed, "We found 400 boxes containing anteaters aboard the vessel, and we are now determining where these came from." The report noted: "(Balilo) could not say whether the pangolins were frozen while they were still alive or had already been butchered as meat. A protected species, pangolins are widely hunted in parts of Asia for their meat, skin and scales. In China, they are known as a delicacy and are purported to have medicinal qualities."

 

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