China upgrades pangolin to level 1 protected species

Pangolin scales have been removed from the list of officially sanctioned ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. The move comes after China’s State Forestry and Grassland Administration raised the animal’s protection to the highest level. For the scaly ant-eater, which has almost disappeared from its native habitats in Africa and Southeast Asia, the ban may be a last lifeline, as Tony Cheng reports from Bangkok.

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