Animals in Extinction and Animal Cruelty

AWF Newsletter November 2019
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Slaughtered for their scales

The world’s most trafficked mammal is in danger of vanishing before most people ever have the chance to learn about it. The pangolin is a scaly mammal targeted for its meat as well as its scales — which are falsely believed to have healing properties. These same scales are intended to protect the animal against hungry predators, but they are no match against poachers who kill up to 2.7 million pangolins each year. Despite increased protections, pangolins are still trafficked by the tonne. This year has the dubious distinction of being record-breaking for pangolin seizures. In February, Malaysian authorities busted a pangolin-smuggling ring and intercepted nearly 30 metric tonnes of pangolin scales as well as frozen and live pangolins. Many more record busts followed, drawing renewed attention to the plight of the pangolin. As long as the demand for their scales grows, trade restrictions alone will not save them from extinction.

> Learn how AWF scales back the trafficking
Elephant herds are being decimated. Pangolins are killed for their scales. Rhinos’ horns are hacked off. Your gift can help stop the slaughter. Donate today.
Uniting countries to end elephant poaching

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Revitalizing a critical Tanzanian conservancy

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AWF CEO guides young conservationists

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Namibia: Home to unique desert elephants

> Find out how you can see them

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