Last week, two shipping containers arrived in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, marked as carrying “logs” from the Congo. But when customs officials inspected the containers, they discovered the shocking truth — inside were 107 sacks holding 3.8 tons of pangolin scales.
This was the largest shipment of animal parts ever to be seized in Vietnam. But things quickly got worse. Less than a week later, customs officials inspected two more shipping containers supposedly carrying “cashews,” and found a further 3.3 tons of pangolin scales.