Each year, hundreds of millions of animals and plants are plucked from the wild and traded away for human use and consumption? After habitat destruction, trade remains the second-biggest threat to wildlife around the globe, and is causing many of our most iconic species to plummet toward extinction.
Two of these animals — elephants and small, scaly anteaters called pangolins — are at very high risk. Poached for their ivory, Africa’s elephant populations have plunged in the last decade, with forest elephants declining by an alarming 65 percent. And the sheer volume of trade in pangolins is stunning — an estimated one million of the creatures have been illegally stripped from the wild since 2005, making them the most illegally trafficked mammals on Earth.
Although hunting and trade of pangolins and elephants are illegal in many countries, some pangolin scales and ivory products can still be sold in the United States. It’s time for that to stop.
Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to clamp down on this ugly wildlife trade and protect African elephants and pangolins as endangered under the law.
The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.
Source: Center for Biological Diversity