Nature Ramble

Another animal in danger.

I have posted about pangolins before, but their plight worsens, and spreads.

The damned Chinese are at it again, this time joined by the Vietnamese. Why can’t the Chinese learn something about medicine? Such quack methods are endangering our ever dwindling species.

Pangolins being eaten to extinction, conservationists warn

Scaly anteaters are now the most illegally-traded mammal in the world, with all eight species listed as threatened

An African white-bellied pangolin – poachers are turning to African pangolins because Asian populations have been denuded. Photograph: IUCN/ZSL

Pangolins are being “eaten to extinction” due to a demand for their meat at banquets in China and Vietnam and their scales for use in Chinese medicine, conservationists have warned.

In an update last week to the authoritative Red List of endangered animals, all eight species of the scaly anteaters were upgraded to threatened status.

Resembling a pine cone on legs, they are the world’s only scaly mammal, using their scales for armour to protect against predators and their long, sticky tongues to catch prey.

According to experts at the Zoological Society of London, the demand for the animals in Asia has been so great that poachers are now turning to Africa, where four of the species are found. Conservationists say there is already evidence of an underground, intercontinental trade in pangolins between Africa and Asia.

More than a million are believed to have been illegally caught in the wild over the last decade globally, giving them the unenviable record of being the most illegally-traded mammal in the world.

Source: TheGuardian Read more

Opinion:

Admittedly the pangolin is not a cuddly furry beast like the panda, therefore the world isn’t really interested.

Pangolins have a right to survive too

Pangolins have a right to survive too

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alex Jones on August 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful in their own way. The local community protects their own species or loses them. The ignorance of people bewilders me.

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