China protects rare pangolinshttp://img1.i21st.cn/uploads/story/b5/a4/IMG_8527/1.thumb.jpg
they are strange-looking creatures, covered with hard scales . They can roll up into a ball to protect themselves from enemies and have tongues that are longer than their bodies. They rarely get the attention of people, and some even don’t know they exist. However, pangolins have recently become the focus of Chinese people, after social media posts of the strange animal being eaten at dinner caused public anger.
Earlier this month, a screenshot of a micro blog post showing some people in Guangxi eating pangolins at a banquet spread. A few days later, people were angered again by pictures posted on a woman’s weibo account showing her eating protected animals, including pangolins.
Yet this is only the tip of the iceberg. Many more pangolins have been hunted or killed. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), more than 1 million of them have been killed or sold in the last 10 years. It also said that they are the most illegally traded mammals in the world. In September, the IUCN added the pangolin to the world’s “endangered animals list”. They are now more endangered than pandas.
A growing trade of their scales and meat is the main reason for their decline in numbers. Many people in Asia and Africa consider pangolin meat is a delicacy . Some people even think pangolin scales have medicinal qualities. However, their scales are made of keratin , the same material human fingernails are made of.
Luckily, the situation is getting better. World Pangolin Day is on the third Saturday of February each year. This year, it fell on Feb 18. It’s a day to help people know more about pangolins. The government now stops anyone from buying and eating pangolins in China. Breaking this law is regarded as a crime . The trade of pangolins across the world is also not allowed, according to the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
“I hope more people will join us to protect pangolins from such a sad situation,” Zhou Canying, head of the Wildlife Protection Association in Changsha, told Xinhua News Agency.
It is bad enough that humans have to eat living things in order to live. Cows, goats, lambs, fowls, pigs, fish, vegetables and seeds are already a pained list.
Why add exotic animals? Other than expose human indifference to other living things, eating exotic animals doesn't endow the eater with any special quality of the eaten since everything is digested to the same family of proteinaceous and lipidic macronutrient molecules.
By the same token, eating shark fins kill sharks, eating rhino horns kill rhinos and eating tiger bones kill tigers. Is a human being made and born to be a killer?
Killing even if only for food jerks off the cycle of karma, the universal law of nature. Besides we waste too much time preparing, cooking, eating, drinking, talking, and washing up. (:L)
How to survive then and what to do with farmers, fishermen, butchers and cooks? Manufacture artificial macronutrient macromolecules and hire those folks as packers. (:hug:). It's like eating vegetarian food.
Saves teeth, tongue and gut too besides land, fertilizer, water, diesel, and the world's ecosystem.(:$)
Always remember karma. Once saw a truckload of pigs early in the morning. All of them were weeping. Even animals have emotions and foresight of impending death.
But also note vegetarian protein like tofu does not have two essential amino acids present in animal protein. Deficiency in these essential amino acids causes weakness later in life still held in balance by the universal laws of nature.
China does not protect pangolins.
China is the biggest importer of these illegally trafficked animals, as with many other poached animals such as rhino horn and ivory, despite these trades being banned for years.