Tuesday, 21 October 2014

When the buying stops, the killing can too

Pangolins are now the most highly trafficked mammals in the world. Sadly these mammals might become extinct before they become known to the general public.

We always hear about elephants and rhinos being threatened but rarely is there any coverage on pangolins.

These cute, armour-plated creatures are being illegally trafficked to East Asia for both their meat and
their scales, which are – like rhino horn and manta ray gills – used in traditional medicines. The Asian Pangolins have been completely decimated and now the African Species are being heavily targeted.

It is only because of such high demand that illegal poachers have been trafficking and slaughtering
thousands of pangolins a year. ‘When the buying stops, the killing can too.’

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