Police crack down on online sales of stuffed pangolins
The Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo on Dec. 11 sent papers to the prosecutor's office in two cases involving the online sales of stuffed endangered sunda pangolins, which are prohibited from being sold in Japan.
The cases involve a 72-year-old man who lives in Kagoshima and operates an antique business, as well as a 23-year-old woman who works part time in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, on suspicion of violating the law on the conservation of endangered species of wild fauna and flora.
The stuffed mammals were being auctioned on the flea market app of Mercari Inc.
Both reportedly told police, “I did not know that dealing (part of the animal's body) is prohibited.”
The suspects allegedly auctioned stuffed specimens of the mammal, whose scientific name is Manis javanica, separately for 7,500 yen ($66) to 10,000 yen through the popular e-commerce app with the sales pitch of “a rare animal” from Jan. 2 to May 2 this year without the permission of the environment minister.
この記事においては “sales pitch” とあることから、商品につける謳い文句のことをさしていると考えられます。（aqua）