The World Bans Illegal Trade of The Indian Pangolin, The World’s Most Trafficked Animal

India is home to the Pangolin, an animal so trafficked that it is about to become extinct. Almost a 100,000 are captured every year for illegal trade. Now, 182 countries have voted for a comprehensive trade ban at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) summit in South Africa to ensure that the scaly animal doesn’t die out. The ban spans Asian and African countries, homes to the creature – it is smuggled for its meat and scales, used in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicines. "This decision will help give pangolins a fighting chance," said Susan Lieberman from the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Source: Indiatimes, Oct. 5th 2016