Pangolin scales

Mong La: Business as Usual in the China-Myanmar Borderlands

Pangolin scales

Several stalls in the main Mong La market sell pangolin scales. While international trade in the four Asian species of pangolin is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and two species are listed as critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, demand and trade have increased in recent years. Pangolin scales are an important ingredient in certain traditional Chinese medicines.