Target: John E. Scanlon, Secretary General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
Goal: Praise the protection of the critically endangered pangolin.
The pangolin, the most trafficked animal in the world, has recently been given protection by 180 countries at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). This scaly, ant-eating mammal is highly sought after not only for its meat, which is considered a delicacy, but for its scales. Thanks to international pressure, including from the ForceChange community, these unique animals will finally receive the protection they need.
In traditional Asian medicine, the scales are thought to cure cancer and help people lose weight. These scales are made of keratin, the same substance that human nails and antelope horns are made from. While Western medicine considers this substance to have no medicinal value, pangolin scales continue to increase in black market value with each passing year.
Pangolin populations have declined by 80 percent in only two decades. It is estimated that more than a million of the exotic creatures have been killed in the past decade alone. The animal is currently considered critically endangered, but with these new protections has a fighting chance at recovery.
CITES protection means that nearly 200 countries pledge to tackle the capture, trafficking, and murder of these animals. This protection could bring pangolins back from the brink of extinction. Sign the petition below to praise the new CITES protections for pangolins.
Dear Mr. Scanlon,
The pangolin, the most trafficked animal in the world, will now receive protections under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). This highly sought-after scaled mammal is hunted for its meat, which is considered a delicacy, as well as its scales, which are used in traditional Asian medicine. This new protection will mean that these exotic animals will be protected from poachers in nearly 200 countries across the world.
These protections could save hundreds of thousands of pangolins from slaughter each year, and even help bring this critically endangered species back from the brink of extinction. Thanks to CITES protections, these animals will have a fighting chance at survival. We, the undersigned, applaud your efforts to protect this unique and interesting species.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Laos Wildlife Rescue Center