China outrage: How pangolins are ‘force-fed rice to increase price’ on black market

China outrage: How pangolins are ‘force-fed rice to increase price’ on black market

Pangolins, which are often mistaken as reptiles, are actually the only wholly-scaled mammals in the world, with four known species found in Asia and two living in Sub-Saharan Africa. These small, soft animals have been under threat for decades from poachers, as their scales are used in Chinese traditional medicines, leading to some species in […]

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Coronavirus is a crisis for South Africa’s captive lions, campaigners warn

Coronavirus is a crisis for South Africa’s captive lions, campaigners warn

Wildlife conservation and animal welfare groups say the COVID-19 pandemic ought to spell the end for one of South Africa’s most controversial businesses: the captive breeding of lions. It is widely accepted that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that has precipitated the global crisis, came from wildlife (bats or pangolins are the most likely sources), and campaign […]

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