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Animals

To save the Malayan tiger, poachers could be shot on sight

Malaysia’s Wildlife and National Parks Department is on the front lines of the struggle to stop poachers and smugglers from driving our wildlife into extinction. Its director-general speaks exclusively to The Star about measures he is taking to stem the tide.

World

China seizes record ivory tusks, busts smuggling gang

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese authorities seized 7.48 tonnes of smuggled ivory tusks last month, the biggest haul in recent years, as Beijing steps up a campaign against illegal wildlife trafficking.

ASEAN+

Pangolins face extinction

Singapore: Singapore seized its biggest-ever haul of pangolin scales in a sign that the endangered animal is being hunted to the brink of extinction.

World

Singapore makes second huge seizure of pangolin scales in days

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore intercepted a second shipping container packed full of pangolin scales destined for Vietnam in less than a week, authorities said on Wednesday, a combined haul that set a new record for the global transit hub.

World

Hong Kong authorities say seize biggest rhino horn haul in five years

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong authorities said they seized 82.5 kilograms of rhino horn and cut pieces worth HK$16.5 million ($2.10 million), the biggest haul in five years, as the Chinese controlled territory tries to tackle growing trafficking in endangered species.

ASEAN+

World record haul of pangolin scales seized in Singapore

SINGAPORE: In the biggest single haul in the world in recent years, the authorities have seized 12.9 tonnes of pangolin scales worth US$52.3mil (RM213.3mil) from a container at Pasir Panjang Export Inspection Station.

Regional

World record haul of pangolin scales worth RM158mil seized from container in Singapore

SINGAPORE (ANN): In the biggest single haul in the world in recent years, Singapore authorities on Wednesday (April 3) seized 12.9 tonnes of pangolin scales worth S$52.3mil (RM157.6mil) from a container at the Pasir Panjang Export Inspection Station here.

Nation

Hefty fines no deterrent for pangolin smugglers

ALOR SETAR: When Mohd Zaki Megat Ali was found guilty of being in possession of 64 live pangolins, the judge handed him a RM65,000 (US$16,000) fine.

World

As China pushes traditional medicine globally, illegal wildlife trade flourishes

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese traditional medicine is rapidly expanding worldwide as a key pillar of the country's Belt and Road initiative, but conservation groups say demand for treatments using animal products is driving a surge in illegal trafficking of wildlife.

Letters

United in fight for pangolin

From KANITHA KRISHNASAMY, Southeast Asia Director, TRAFFIC, the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network.