Pangolins are one of the world’s most highly trafficked animals. All eight species of them are in danger of extinction because of the demand for them in the illegal wildlife trade. Their scales are often used in traditional Asian medicine and they are eaten as well in some parts of the world. Due to being highly trafficked, pangolins actually are believed to have played a role in the transmission of coronavirus to humans. Scientists believe pangolins got it from bats and passed it onto humans, hence the pandemic we are currently facing.
However, despite the clear evidence that pangolins should not be trafficked or consumed, pangolin sales continue. Just recently, Facebook was exposed for allowing sales of pangolins on their site. But the pangolin trade in some countries, like Nigeria, also continues.
An investigation by Wildlife Justice found that “Nigeria was linked to 55% of pangolin scales seized global between 2016 and 2019,” as reported by Quartz Africa. And in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the pangolin trade in Nigeria has not slowed down.
Sign this petition calling on Muhammad Mahmood, Nigeria Minister of Environment, to do the right thing, and take action within his nation’s government to put an end to the trade of pangolins.
Sign these other petitions as well to help pangolins and end the wildlife trade:
- Save the Highly Trafficked, Critically Endangered Pangolins
- Ban All Wildlife Markets in Light of Coronavirus
- Support the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act
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