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CoP17: Shy pangolins need world spotlight to survive
Reclusive, gentle and quick to roll up into a ball, pangolins keep a low profile.
But they are also the world's most heavily trafficked mammal, and experts at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference this week are ringing alarm bells over their survival.
Demand for pangolin meat and body parts has fuelled a bloodbath, and driven the scale-covered, ant-eating mammal towards extinction.
Learn more about the threat to pangolins in these EIA resources:
* Interactive map of illegal trade seizures: Pangolins at eia-international.org/illegal-trade-seizures-pangolins
* 'Armoured against predators – except wildlife criminals' at eia-international.org/armoured-against-predators-except-wildlife-criminals
More than a million pangolins are believed to have been poached from the wild in the past decade.
Most are used to supply demand in China and Vietnam, where they are highly regarded as a delicacy and an ingredient in traditional medicine.
At the CITES meeting in Johannesburg, conservationists will discuss moving pangolins into the highest protection category, which bans all international trade.
Read in full at phys.org/news/2016-09-shy-pangolins-world-spotlight-survive.html
#Africa #Asia #China #Vietnam #pangolins #CoP17 CITES
Image: African white-bellied pangolin, Democratic Republic of the Congo (c) African Pangolin Working Group; pangolin in alcohol, by Phó Nháy ... See MoreSee Less
52 minutes ago ·
India: Maharashtra's forest department to monitor social media in order to protect tigers
The forest department is sensitising staff on monitoring social media to keep an eye on information being given by overzealous tourists about sighting tigers in the wild.
Officials fear that these details may be misused by poachers and criminals to track and kill the animals. Hence, the department will monitor updates on sites like Facebook to alert ground-level staff to ensure better protection to the big cats.
Full story at www.dnaindia.com/india/report-forest-department-to-monitor-social-media-in-order-to-protect-tiger...
Image: Bengal tiger (c) Elliott Neep / www.elliottneep.com ... See MoreSee Less
1 hour ago ·
Guardian op-ed gets it - ivory ban: tusk trade rules need teeth
- No markets in elephant ivory should be legalised. They would sustain demand and provide a cover for illegal trading and poaching -
... On Monday, the plight of elephants will take centre stage at the Johannesburg meeting and the results will affect all endangered animals. On the table is a proposal to allow a limited international market in ivory that proponents say will benefit conservation, by allowing countries with stockpiles of tusks – some historic, some confiscated from poachers, some from elephants that died naturally – to raise money that can be ploughed back into poaching prevention. It is a seductive argument. Unfortunately, in the case of endangered species, this does not work. The evidence from past tusk sales is clear: legalised markets in elephant ivory sustain demand and provide a cover for illegal trading and poaching.
Read The Guardian op-ed in full at www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/25/the-guardian-view-on-an-ivory-ban-tusk-trade-rules-...
* Why does EIA believe in zero trade & stockpile destruction? ht.ly/kRAM304yQ5L
#elephants #ivory #CoP17 CITES
Image: Matriarch Hope, poached in Kenya, 2011 (c) EIA ... See MoreSee Less
2 hours ago ·