Raise government buy-in to the elimination of the Pangolin trade in Hong Kong
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A Pangolin is a small, scaled mammal that is distributed throughout southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. They range in size from 30 to 100 cm, and are the only known scaled mammal. Their scales are made of keratin, the same material as human fingernails or hooves, which had zero medical value. When threatened, pangolins curl up into a ball, laying their tails over their heads for protection. They are prized in Southeast Asia as the consumption of their meat is seen as a status symbol, and various body parts are prescribed in traditional Chinese medicine. All living species of pangolin are classified as either endangered or critically endangered and are protected internationally. Although the pangolin trade is illegal throughout the world, it operates on a large scale, especially in Hong Kong. Although the pangolin trade is banned in Hong Kong, there is still a very large trade under the surface. Additionally, Hong Kong is a major transport hub for pangolin products into mainland China. To end this barely concealed black market, the Hong Kong government must dedicate effort to the elimination of the trade. Please sign this petition to show the Hong Kong government that the world believes that the pangolin trade is negative and should be eliminated.
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