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Chinese RX: Pangolin Scales

While rhinos, elephants and tigers are facing the perils of poaching and habitat destruction, there is a lesser known animal facing the same perils-the Pangolin.

tree pangolin

A tree pangolin.

Pangolins are little armoured ant-eaters. There are eight species of the solitary, burrowing mammals. It is estimated that one adult pangolin can consume more than 70 million insects annually, making them an integral role in their ecosystem: pest control.

indian pangolin

Rolling into a ball to protect themselves, Pangolin scales are tough enough to withstand hungry lions.

These unassuming creatures are poached for their scales and their blood, which the Chinese believe have healing powers. Their “meat”, particularly the fetus is also a popular delicacy. With demand from Asian countries soaring, they are the most frequently seized animal in trafficking busts. According to TRAFFIC, there were at least at least 218,100 pangolins seized between 2000 and 2012.

via CNN

via CNN

The decline in pangolin populations and the difficulty in obtaining them for poachers, has led to a ludicrous demand and price on their lives. Just as with the rhino, the phenomenal money-making potential has made this another tempting business for organized crime syndicates.

The Pangolin is nocturnal and highly secretive, making them almost impossible for scientists to study. It is unknown how long they live in the wild, or how many are even left. Sadly, they could become extinct before we even know more about them.

For more on the Pangolin see: Seven Ways to Help Save the Pangolin

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by: Victoria Maderna

by: Victoria Maderna


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Planet China: a world of myths and make believe

Interesting list of what makes China’s world go round – The following is a list of medical “remedies” and “cures” to the Chinese:

*Pangolin: the scales cure rheumatism, promote lactation for breast-feeding mothers
*Tiger: the bones are used to heal arthritis (as well as in wines and plasters)
*Wild Mole Rat: bones ground up for healing arthritis
*Rhino: the horn is ground up medicine for fever, convulsions, delirium
*Black bear: the bile is medicine for liver ailments and headaches
*Musk deer: the musk promotes circulation, treats skin infections, and abdominal pain (not to mention it makes perfume)
*Seahorse: Kidney ailments, circulatory problems and impotence (approx 90 health and medicine products in China contain seahorse)
*Elephant: skin is used to cure acne
*Cockroaches: help stroke victims
*Monkey: the heads are eaten to cure headaches
*Turtle: heads are eaten to aid in labor pains
*Snake: the glands are good for the eyes; while the gall bladder cures bronchitis
*Lizards: treatment for high blood pressure
*Gazelle: skulls are ground up to make you stronger; while the gallstones treat fever and inflammation
*Weaver ants: treat asthma
*Silkworm: the feces treats typhus
*Malayan Tapir: the skin removes boils
*Deer: the antlers ward off flu and colds
*Cicadas: improve eyesight
*Dogs, cats and goats: always good filler for any of the above when endangered species can’t be had

Dogs awaiting a buyer at a Chinese market.

Dogs awaiting a buyer at a Chinese market.

And hold onto your hats ladies and gentlemen – here is the list for Chinese aphrodisiacs

*Pangolin scales
*Rhino horn

Seahorse soup

Seahorse soup

*Giant clams
*Ox penises
*Dog penises
*Tiger penises
*Sparrow tongues
*Deer penises and antlers
*Monkey brains
*Rabbit hair
*Sea cucumbers
*Bull penises
*Fertilized duck eggs
*Sea horses
*Dried lizards
*Snake bile
*Shark fin
*AND lastly, the fungus that grows on bat moth larvae

It’s difficult not to feel jaded and  frustrated with the Chinese when a little Tylenol and Viagra would go a long way in saving the endangered species of the world!

planet china

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