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A World Without Elephants? Blame China

A World Without Elephants? Blame China | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
The planet’s elephant population is plummeting, and they may go extinct within the next 20 years, thanks in large part to China’s lust for ivory.
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If we can't protect the elephant from ourselves, light fades for all the thousands of species required for a healthy Earth ecosystem.

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Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products

Chinese Must Pay More for Tiger Penis, Rhino Horn, and Other Endangered Animal Products | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Rare animals are widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for supposed health benefits, and are also consumed as a mark of status.
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Primitive beliefs become global problems as personal wealth rises.

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We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth

We’re Eating Pangolins Off the Face of the Earth | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it

by Alicia Graef July 31, 2014


While we’ve been focused on the poaching crisis that’s threatening the future for charismatic animals like elephants, rhinos and tigers, another species now faces the threat of extinction thanks to human appetites and could disappear before most people even hear of it.


The pangolin, which includes eight species who live in Africa and Asia, are unique little creatures in a number of ways. They’ve been described as walking artichokes and because they’re insectivores they’ve been dubbed “scaly anteaters.” These toothless animals are also the only mammal covered in true scales, which are made of keratin, and the the fact that they walk like a miniature T. rex only adds to their charm.

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Guess who's motivating the poachers:  The Chinese and Vietnamese.

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In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup

In China, victory for wildlife conservation as citizens persuaded to give up shark fin soup | Garry Rogers Nature Conservation News | Scoop.it
Campaign leads to plunge in demand for shark fin soup; conservationists hope to also wean Chinese off ivory.
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Stick with jade.

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