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Conservationists: It’s time for pangolins to be listed on Appendix I of CITES
If you had to guess, what would you say are the most trafficked mammals in the world? Apes? Elephants? Maybe even rhinos?
The answer is actually pangolins, also known as “scaly anteaters,” according to a new report by San Francisco-based NGO WildAid, which found that more than one million pangolins have been taken from the wild in the past decade, making them the world’s most-trafficked mammal.
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
Just last month, for instance, as many as 657 pangolins — some 2.3 metric tons-worth of the animals — were found vacuum sealed in plastic and frozen in five large freezers in a house in Indonesia.
Hunting and poaching of pangolins for illegal international trade — the majority of which will end up China and Vietnam — is the primary threat to pangolins, according to WildAid. “Overexploited by illegal trade in their keratin scales for medicine and as an exotic meat, conservationists agree that swift action is required to save these animals,” the report states.
Indeed, at its World Conservation Congress in Hawaii earlier this month, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) voted to approve a motion in support of transferring all eight pangolin species from Appendix II to Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES), which would ban all commercial trade in pangolins.
CITES is holding its 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) right now in Johannesburg, South Africa. The IUCN motion calls for the listing of all eight pangolin species on Appendix I of the Convention “in order to contribute to the conservation and sustainability of wild populations through control of the international trade in pangolins and their parts and products.”
Read in full on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2016/09/conservationists-its-time-for-pangolins-to-be-listed-on-appendix-i-of-c...
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India: A sinister trade in owl sacrifice
In India, owls are sacrificed in rituals intended to bring good fortune - and in some cases, to send bad luck to rivals. Although owls are protected by law, the black market is flourishing ...
Opposite the 17th century Red Fort in Old Delhi lies the famous bird market, known locally as the Kabootar Bazaar (pigeon market).
Rather than pigeons, however, the few small shops display mainly exotic birds, in cages filthy with droppings and rotting leftover food. Their bright yellow and red feathers lend a conspicuous vibrancy to the dull, dirty shops.
One animal you are unlikely to see caged is the owl, as shopkeepers know selling them is illegal. All 32 species of the bird are protected under India's 1972 Wildlife Protection Act. But they are available for anyone willing to pay the price.
Owls remain one of the most sought-after wild birds in India, as they are believed to possess occult powers. They are sacrificed by people looking to improve their financial situation, or to cast a bad luck spell on a rival. Their body parts are used as good luck charms in the form of amulets.
Read in full at www.dw.com/en/owl-sacrifice-in-india-a-sinister-trade/a-35899440
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