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Commercial Trade of the Pangolin Is Now Banned

Raise your hand if you know what a pangolin is...

Samesies. But basically, they're weird looking, little ant-eating creatures that live in Africa and Asia.

According to WikipediaPangolins are mammals of the order Pholidota. The one extant family, Manidae, has three genera: Manis, which comprises four species living in Asia, Phataginus, which comprises two species living in Africa, and Smutsia, which comprises two species also living in Africa.

And they're heavily poached for their scales and meat. But hopefully soon we'll say they WERE because last week delegates at a U.N. wildlife convention voted to ban the trade of all eight species of Asian and African pangolins. This magic took place at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora meeting.

Previously the delegates required control on the Asian pangolin trade, but now commercial trade will be entirely prohibited.

Cheers to the badass people doing their part to protect these little guys.


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