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Malaysia torches 2.8 tonnes of African pangolin scales

AFP  |  Port Dickson (Malaysia) 

on Thursday torched nearly three tonnes of seized scales of endangered worth USD 9 million in a bid to deter illegal wildlife trafficking from

The Southeast Asian nation is battling to clamp down on rife trafficking through its borders of the ant-eating mammals, whose scales are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine.

"Such a huge seizure and torching of it is definitely a blow to syndicates," Abu Hashim, the of the told AFP.

Some 3,000 would have been killed to obtain the 2.8 tonnes (2,800 kilograms) of scales, estimated.

The scales were confiscated by customs officials at Malaysia's between May and September 2017.

The animal parts arrived in three different shipments from and Cameroon, and had false local addresses, officials said.

"Forensic examination of the scales showed that it is from the African species," said

The scales were incinerated at a private waste disposal plant in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, south of the capital

Seized scales are usually meant for foreign markets including and Vietnam, where raw scales are sold for large profits in traditional Chinese medicine.

Last year torched eight tonnes of scales, Abdul Kadir said, adding that wild in have become a rare sight due to rampant hunting and deforestation.

Pangolins are also heavily poached for their meat which is considered a delicacy while products obtained from the animal are thought to increase blood circulation and lactation.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 14:00 IST