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Asians eating scaly anteaters to extinction: Conservationists

Published on Jul 29, 2014 7:08 AM
 
An Indian villager holds up a Chinese pangolin at Dogaow Village near Kaziranga National Park, India's northeastern Assam state on July 21, 2014. The scaly anteater, which looks like an artichoke with legs and a tail, is being eaten out of existence as its tasty meat is served up at banquets across Asia, conservationists said on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - The scaly anteater, which looks like an artichoke with legs and a tail, is being eaten out of existence as its tasty meat is served up at banquets across Asia, conservationists said on Tuesday.

The mysterious mammal, also known as a pangolin, is the prey of poachers with more than one million believed to have been snatched from the wild in the past decade.

"In the 21st century we really should not be eating species to extinction - there is simply no excuse for allowing this illegal trade to continue," said Jonathan Baillie, co-chair of the pangolin specialist group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

"All eight pangolin species are now listed as threatened with extinction, largely because they are being traded to China and Vietnam," he said in an statement from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

 
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