There are eight species of Pangolin, four in Asia and four in Africa. All are endangered, due to practices in Asia and Africa. Pangolins are hunted for their meat and scales, which are used in traditional medicine. Pangolin scales are thought to treat a variety of illnesses, including Fever, Convulsions, and Asthma.
They are also used as a lucky charm or as an ingredient in love potions. Pangolins are also killed by accident, when they are caught in traps set for other animals. The main threats to Pangolins are poaching and habitat loss. Pangolins are an important part of the ecosystem, and their loss could have serious consequences.
Population of Pangolins is declining rapidly.
Pangolins are a globally threatened species that is currently listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world, with over one million Pangolins estimated to have been traded illegally in the past decade.
The Pangolin is a critically endangered species that is being poached at an alarming rate in Nigeria. If action is not taken to prevent the poaching of Pangolins, the species will eventually go extinct. Poaching of Pangolins is a major issue in Nigeria, and the population of Pangolins is declining rapidly.
Find a different way to make a living.
Nigeria hosted the 2022 World Pangolin Day in Lagos, it took place on February 18 & 19th. This event was held to bring attention to the plight of Pangolins and to help promote their conservation. The purpose of World Pangolin Day is to raise awareness about these animals and to encourage people to take action to help protect them.
Calling for community action on the matter, locals need to uphold the restrictions that are in place. Wildlife populations are in decline due to unsustainable hunting practices, and those depending on income related to the killing of endangered species need to find a different way to make a living. The restrictions in place are necessary to allow wildlife populations to recover, and it is important that the local community supports these measures.
More needs to be done to raise awareness of the ban.
Since the Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) International ban on commercial trade of Pangolins was agreed to in 2016, an Unearthed investigation has found apparent loopholes and reporting errors. While it is encouraging that the trade has been banned at the international level, there is more work to be done to ensure that this protection is effective on the ground. For one, the trade ban does not appear to being enforced at the national level in countries where Pangolins are still being traded. Our investigation found traders openly selling Pangolins in markets in Vietnam, and no indication that they were concerned about the recent CITES ban. This suggests that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the ban among traders and consumers.
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