Pangolin smuggling on rise
Police recently rescued a pangolin being smuggled from Panauti Municipality-12 in Kavre district.
“This illegal business has been going on for long,” said a local requesting anonymity. He added that killing of this endangered species is rampant in Panauti, Kusadevi, Mahabharat forest areas. A source said that the animal is smuggled especially into India and China where its body parts such as claws, shells are sold at high prices.
The source added that one kilogram of pangolin 's body parts fetches up to Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 35,000 in India and China respectively.
However, Kavre District Forest Office Chief Kirannath Shrestha expressed ignorance about it.
“We do not know about the smuggling ,” said Shrestha, adding there are "many" pangolin s in the district's forests. Inspector Banepa Santosh Tamang said police have beefed up security to curb the illegal business.
Posted on: 2011-01-16 09:37