A global trade ban has been imposed on trade in highly endangered pangolins, a scaly creature that is the world’s most poached mammal. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
New protections for pangolins
This is a pangolin — a scaly animal with the dubious distinction of being the world’s most poached mammal.
Africa is the main source of pangolin supply, while the demand comes from Asia.
But no more.
Now the U.N. is offering protection — prohibiting any cross-border movement in the animals or their body parts for commercial purposes.
North American Regional Director Of The International Fund For Animal Welfare, Jeff Flocken…
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NORTH AMERICAN REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR ANIMAL WELFARE, JEFF FLOCKEN SAYING:
“Today, the countries of the world voted to move all eight species of pangolin from Appendix 2 and Appendix 1. What that means now that they’ll have full global protection from international commercial trade. The species is being pummeled by unsustainable trade for their scales and for their meat and now these protections have been done for them. There’s going to be a clear line that any trade in pangolins is illegal going forward.”
Pangolin meat is prized as a delicacy in Asian economies like Vietnam — and their scales are used in traditional medicines.
But now some relief for the shy and near-sighted creatures.