ANIMALS … And Now Poor Harmless Pangolin!

Posted by Axel Thorer on 19. Mai 2017

It became endangered. Why? The silly Asians again ...

Pangolin

Auch dieses Tier stirbt an einem Irrtum ...

THERE IS AN UNPRETENTIOUS MARKET-VILLAGE IN MYANMAR, in the north, close to the Chinese border, called Mong-la. It became the international center of the PANGOLIN trade. June 2016: Customs investigators confiscated in Hong Kong stupefying 4 tons of Pangolin scales, which means: over a 1000 animals had to die for this smuggled load alone. I’m sure none of my readers have ever seen a Pangolin live, me neither. It’s a nocturnal animal, looking like an artichoke on four feet, with a long tail and a ant bear’s snout. The „Knight in Armor“ of the animal world, feeding on insects, timid and diversified in 8 species all over Africa. Some witchdoctors, and unfortunately a lot of silly Asians, believe, that the scales are a potent medicine against the lack of mother’s milk, stomach pain, slow wound healing and male impotence. Imagine, people nibbling Pangolin scales like artichoke bracts! I tell you: It’s all an enormous nonsense. The scales are made of exactly the same material as human fingernails – Karatin. Absolutely useless against any ailment! And for this error a very peculiar, decorative, unique, antique and lovable animal is hunted into extinction …

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