Endangered species are at risk of extinction for a number of reasons caused by humans.  From global warming and mass deforestation caused by palm oilcattle ranching, and human encroachment, to the violent practices involved in the ivory tradeexotic skin and fur trade, and the wildlife trade that fuels circuses and zoos, endangered species have tragically been losing a vicious battle.

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Although the now notorious trend of shark fin soup has shown us that humans are also directly eating animals into extinction, few realize that the consumption of endangered species as a food source goes beyond this.

According to a petition on Care2, endangered species are being fed to tourists in Laos. At a particular tourist venue called Kings Romans, you can find pangolin, bear paw, and sauteed tiger on the menu. Jewelry shops also sell tiger teeth and rhino horn. Wildlife “farms” claim that these animals are bred in captivity, which of course still does not make it ok, but the more likely truth is these endangered animals are captured from the wild and sold into the exotic pet trade to be slaughtered and sold.

The petition states reports have placed Laos as one of the worst countries in the world participating in the wildlife farming industry. Although the Laotian government has acknowledged this and agrees it should end the practice, they have not done anything to stop it yet.

Please take a moment to sign this petition addressed to Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith demanding the government put an end to wildlife farms and penalize those responsible for them. Please help spread awareness of this awful trade by sharing this with your friends and family and encouraging them to join you in signing the petition!

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