India: Seized Wildlife Products Destroyed in Manipur

The Manipur Forest Training School took a step in the right direction over the weekend by burning an assortment of confiscated wildlife products.

Manipur’s online news portal, The Sanghai Express, reported that pangolin scales, dried seahorses, and rhino toenails were among the destroyed items.

Manipur’s shared border with Myanmar makes it a popular transit point for wildlife traffickers, and seizures of illegal wildlife parts in this region are frequent.

According to a Transnational Organised Crime Threat Assessment (TOCTA) report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2010, “Myanmar is the primary country used to smuggle Southeast Asian wildlife into China, the single largest consumer.”

Image: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Wikimedia



Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.