Why are pangolins so sought after in China?
Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world, in large part due to demand from Chinese consumers. Scientists are pointing to these peculiar creatures as a possible source of the coronavirus outbreak in China, where a temporary ban on all wildlife trade is now in force. Could this mean fresh hope for pangolins? Why are they so sought-after? And why, despite laws preventing their trade, have they been hunted to the point of extinction?
Jiaming Xu, The Pangolin Reports
Tin Htet Paing, Myanmar Now
Wander Meijer, Globescan
Dr Lao Lixing, University of Hong Kong (retired)
Transcripts in Mandarin and English at chinadialogue
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