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The pangolin is an adorable and gentle creature, shy and nocturnal. It is also one of the most tortured and abused animals in the world. The little known pangolin is killed wholesale for local medications and even as an ingredient in hard liquor.
Captured pangolins are frequently drowned by people who don't care that, as mammals, their central nervous systems register every iota of fear and pain.
Because they offer so little resistance, these harmless anteaters have been hunted to the brink of extinction in their native Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Customs officials recently intercepted a load of 110 illegally poached pangolins from Thailand. And this shipment is believed to be part of a larger criminal smuggling operation.
China is the biggest market for poached pangolins. Tell Chinese authorities to crack down on illegal imports of pangolins!
Pangolins are going extinct in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos, and it appears that illegal markets for pangolin meat and voodoo products is driving their extinction. We the undersigned respectfully ask that you educate your public about the pangolin and discourage the superstition that it is a delicacy or a remedy for impotence. You should also crack down on the illegal import of these harmless creatures. Show an appropriate respect for all life and protect pangolins!
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