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Save Pangolins from Poachers by Pressuring China

Save Pangolins from Poachers by Pressuring China

Tens of thousands of pangolins (spiny anteaters) are illegally killed and transported to market each year because of ancient beliefs in the power of their meat and scales to heal. Pangolins are endangered around the world, from Africa to Asia; they are prized for use in traditional medicine and rituals, perhaps because their appearance resembles armor. Their scales are used in traditional medicine and their meat is prized as a delicacy. In China, pangolin fetus soup is thought to confer male virility.

As with so many endangered species, it is easy to blame the poachers for the pangolins’ plight, but the trick is to reduce demand. In Asia, demand comes from China, where laws against the creatures’ illegal import and use are not enforced. A petition has been posted on Care2 to ask Chinese officials to enforce the laws on illegal import and sale of the endangered creatures.

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature, Species Survival Commission) Pangolin Specialist Group was re-formed earlier this year to increase the species’ protection. Unfortunately, pangolins are slow moving and make for easy hunting.  This heart breaking video shows nearly 100 pangolins rescued by authorities in Thailand last year that were caught to be sold as food, presumably to China.

Worldwatch institute this month quoted a Chinese wildlife official on  the increase in pangolin scale value: “A kilogram of pangolin scales that earned only 80 yuan (US$10) in the early 1990s would now yield 1,200 yuan ($175) on the black market.”

Take Action

Sign the Care2 petition asking the Chinese government to enforce laws against illegal importation of pangolins. Once you have signed, please spread the word and ask your networks to participate in this cause.


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2:09PM PST on Feb 16, 2013

The petition posted in the article is closed now, please sign this one:

8:40AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:58AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Wow, I'd never even heard of these creatures. Heartbreaking to hear about them.

5:38AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

already signed :) but thanks for sharing :)

3:49AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

China doesn't care about anything, their government is full of criminals. The chinese river dolphin is already gone forever. As long as it involves greed China will do any crime.

8:48AM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Chinese again; no surprise.

10:02PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

already signed

4:04AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

I'll sign now.

3:31AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

"Die Größe eines Volkes und seine moralischen Fortschritte können daran gemessen werden, wie es seine Tiere behandelt."

Those who are cruel to animals cannot be righteous human beings.

Wer gegen Tiere grausam ist, kann kein guter Mensch sein.

11:38AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Leave it to the Chinese to think that yet another animal can cure their ED.................well wake up you morons, THEY DON'T and THEY CAN'T. Animals were NOT put on this earth so you can get a big hard on.

So stop the killing................

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