Naftali Honig via Facebook
380kg of bushmeat seized in SICOFOR (a Chinese-run logging concession in southern Congo). The sniffer dogs were on the job, but as you can see, this vehicle didn’t exactly need a special nose to be identified.
5 arrests were made and now the PALF team is trying to get those involved sent to court, fighting against some trying to settle with fines.
A number of the seized animals were Integrally Protected Species (the highest level of protection in Congo), namely giant pangolin and water chevrotain – species that often go unnoticed but for whom population data is limited. Giant pangolins are already listed as Vulnerable, globally, by the IUCN; and are finding themselves the victims of industrial bushmeat trafficking and trade in their scales more and more often as the infrastructure in Central Africa outpaces governance.