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Sadly, pangolins are the most trafficked wild mammals in the world, hunted for their meat, scales, and leather. They are highly sought after in China and Vietnam for their meat, which is considered a delicacy. According to the World Wildlife Fund, an estimated 1,000,000 pangolins were trafficked over 10 years. In 2019, data showed a pangolin is poached every three minutes.

Despite being protected under national and international laws, the animals are illegally trafficked and used in folk remedies and medicine, as food, and to create boots and handbags. All eight species are on the IUCN’s red list, ranging from “Vulnerable” to “Critically Endangered.”

Source: National Geographic/Youtube

The trade of pangolins and illicit trafficking of bushmeat and live wild animals is a multi-faceted problem with devastating effects. If more people understand the threat to pangolins, we can create awareness to fund conservation efforts and enforce protection. Sign this petition to tell the Unicode Consortium to make a pangolin emoji for World Emoji Day!

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