Pangolins are trafficked for their scales, which are used in traditional medicine in China and elsewhere. Photo: Shutterstock
Pangolins are trafficked for their scales, which are used in traditional medicine in China and elsewhere. Photo: Shutterstock

Pangolin trade highlights loopholes in rules to prevent spread of animal viruses

  • Covered in scales and about the size of a small dog, the reclusive mammal is a suspect in the coronavirus origin hunt
  • Pandemic has exposed magnitude of health threat from wildlife, and activists, scientists and legal experts are calling for change

Pangolins are trafficked for their scales, which are used in traditional medicine in China and elsewhere. Photo: Shutterstock
Pangolins are trafficked for their scales, which are used in traditional medicine in China and elsewhere. Photo: Shutterstock
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