Malaysia Seizes $1 Million In Black Market Animal Parts


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Malaysian authorities confiscated 23 ivory tusks and six sacks of pangolin scales in an airport warehouse in two separate busts over the weekend, Reuters reports.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport customs officials announced the seizures Wednesday, saying the cargo amounted to just under $1 million worth of illegal goods, according to Reuters.

The ivory is worth about $64,000 while the scales could fetch over $900,000 if sold together.

No arrests have been made, but the investigation is still ongoing, customs senior official Mohamad Pudzi Man told the Associated Press.

Malaysia is considered a major thoroughfare for the poached animals market. Almost 16,000 pounds of ivory was seized in Hong Kong last month after being shipped from Malaysia. It was the largest single bust in the last 30 years, Reuters reports.

One million pangolins have been illegally hunted in the past decade for their meat, a delicacy in China and Vietnam, and their scales, used in Chinese medicine, according to AP.

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