A pangolin is rescued by a citizen in Qingdao, China. The pangolin has been listed as critically endangered, but is considered a delicacy in southern China and Vietnam. There’s also an unfounded belief in East Asia that ground-up pangolin scales can stimulate lactation, cure cancer and asthma.Photo: AlamyA pangolin is rescued by a citizen in Qingdao, China. The pangolin has been listed as critically endangered, but is considered a delicacy in southern China and Vietnam. There’s also an unfounded belief in East Asia that ground-up pangolin scales can stimulate lactation, cure cancer and asthma.Photo: Alamy
A pangolin is rescued by a citizen in Qingdao, China. The pangolin has been listed as critically endangered, but is considered a delicacy in southern China and Vietnam. There’s also an unfounded belief in East Asia that ground-up pangolin scales can stimulate lactation, cure cancer and asthma.Photo: Alamy

Four animals being eaten into extinction by gourmets in China and around the world

Throughout history humans have wiped out animal populations. Have we learned from our mistakes? It seems not, with creatures from a songbird to pangolins and bluefin tuna now facing extinction by way of the dinner table

Topic |   Conservation
A pangolin is rescued by a citizen in Qingdao, China. The pangolin has been listed as critically endangered, but is considered a delicacy in southern China and Vietnam. There’s also an unfounded belief in East Asia that ground-up pangolin scales can stimulate lactation, cure cancer and asthma.Photo: AlamyA pangolin is rescued by a citizen in Qingdao, China. The pangolin has been listed as critically endangered, but is considered a delicacy in southern China and Vietnam. There’s also an unfounded belief in East Asia that ground-up pangolin scales can stimulate lactation, cure cancer and asthma.Photo: Alamy
A pangolin is rescued by a citizen in Qingdao, China. The pangolin has been listed as critically endangered, but is considered a delicacy in southern China and Vietnam. There’s also an unfounded belief in East Asia that ground-up pangolin scales can stimulate lactation, cure cancer and asthma.Photo: Alamy
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