Three individuals are presently at the Bafia court of first instance after being caught with 78 kg of pangolin scales on May 24, 2023.
The suspects were apprehended by officers from the forestry and hunting control post in Makenene, a locality in the Mbam and Inoubou Department, in the Centre region of Cameroon
The Bafia court of first instance accused them of “illegal possession of an entirely protected specie”.
It should be noted that another trafficker was arrested with 45 kg of pangolin scales while trying to sell in Bertoua, East region of Cameroon in April.
Pangolin scale trafficking in Cameroon is criminal under the January 20, 1994 law governing forests, wildlife and fisheries.
Any person caught in possession of all or part of a class A or B protected animal, be it alive or dead, pays a fine or serves imprisonment.
According to the NGO The Last Great Ape Organization (LAGA), more than 1,000 kg of pangolin scales were siezed from 16 traffickers.
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