Take Pangolins Off Your Menus!

  • by: Care2 member
  • recipient: The governments of China and Vietnam

"Pangolins are nearly extinct in the wild. Yet in Vietnam and China, the animals are still considered a delicacy. Pangolin poaching and smuggling is a lucrative business, with Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants willing to pay premium prices. Traffickers are frequently arrested while shipping hundreds of live animals or pangolin scales by the ton, but the true magnitude of the trade remains in the dark. Eight different pangolin species exist in Asia and Africa. All four Asian species are already on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and pressure on the African species is mounting. The survival of the pangolin is in the hands of the Chinese and Vietnamese governments – only they can pass and enforce stricter laws to curb hunting and shut down the market. Please call on Chinese and Vietnamese policymakers to stop standing by idly while the pangolin is hunted to extinction."

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