International Trade of Pangolin, the most trafficked mammal in the world, is finally illegal.

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Was today declared a ban on international trade in pangolin, a mammal at serious risk of extinction. The decision was achieved after a unanimous vote in the Convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES), to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In a post published on Twitter CITES stated that “The Committee accepts that all pangolins – Africans and Asians – are listed in Annex 1”, a document which prohibits trade in species at risk of extinction.

“It’s a huge victory and good news for one of the most endangered species in the world,” said Ginette Hemley, head of the delegation of the worldwide organization for the protection of nature, WWF.

This decision thus put an end, at least on paper, trade of this animal, a practice that until now was considered legal, even being regulated.

Recent reports indicate that the pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, which adds, even more, importance to today’s decision.

In countries like China and Vietnam to search for this animal is extremely high, since there is a popular belief that the pangolin has special therapeutic virtues. With the body covered with scales made of keratin, this mammal is thus preferred target for poachers.

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