Pangolins are being hunted because when the scales are believed to cure rheumatism, wound infections, skin disorders, coronary heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove the above. People also hunt pangolins because people think that pangolin flesh is a delicacy. When hunted the hunter can receive a lot of money for example, in a high-level trader earns 265 USD per kilogram on how much the pangolin weighs.
Josh Gabbatiss. Pangolins: World conservation day aims to raise awareness of most trafficked mammal. Independent. Feb 17, 2019. https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/pangolins-world-day-most-trafficked-mammal-scales-meat-china-africa-wwf-a8214726.html