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  • Most trafficked mammal

    The pangolin -- a little-known, scale-covered mammal -- is thought by scientists to be the most trafficked mammal in the world. Conservationists fear it could go extinct before most people realize it exists. To try to ensure that doesn’t happen, CNN’s John Sutter traveled, at times undercover, to Vietnam and Indonesia to introduce readers and viewers to this loveably introverted creature, and to expose the massive, illegal trade in its meat and scales. Traveling alone, and at times using hidden cameras and recording devices, Sutter met with wildlife traffickers and pangolin in Sumatra, Indonesia. He followed undercover wildlife cops in Hanoi, Vietnam, to a number of restaurants and markets that deal in pangolin products. This work exposed the ease with which pangolin traders are able to operate in these countries, in part because the pangolin has maintained a lower profile than rhinos and elephants. It also helped explain the rise in demand for pangolin scales and meat in Southeast Asia. Sutter’s work also humanized and popularized the pangolin, a creature he described as “elusive, nocturnal, rarely appreciated and barely understood.”
  • Bad to the Bone

    Looks into the sale of shark cartilage pills as a cure for cancer and what the popularity of these pill does to the shark population.
  • The Looting and Smuggling and Fencing and Hoarding of Impossibly Precious, Feathered and Scaly Wild Things.

    The New York Times Magazine reports 'inside the $10 billion black market in endangered animals... Wildlife for sale. The trade in exotic animals - especially protected, threatened and endangered species - is not usually thought to occupy a huge share in the global market of illegal goods smuggled across borders. But in recent years, only illegal drugs have outstripped the cash value of the living and dead wildlife that sluices through a black market toward trophy hunters, pet enthusiasts and devotees of traditional medicines."
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    NBC6 (Miami) uncovers South American endangered animals being smuggled into Miami. (Nov. 12-13)
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    Sierra Magazine reports on the Federal Animal Damage Control program, an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and how it killed 2.2 million wild animals in 1992; the majority of those animals were birds, but a large minority of them were coyotes, foxes, mountain lions, and wolves; reveals how ADC hunters often violate federal and state laws by killing endangered animals for sport, such as the Bald Eagle, November/December 1993. # Schueler Sierra Club
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    Buzzworm Magazine finds that the trade in illegal wildlife products; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is ineffective in stopping the smuggling of the contraband; gives the blackmarket prices for various products made from the skins and body parts of endangered animals, July/August 1993. # CO Speart