Please, before you go to sleep tonight, think of ways you can reach out and help all the creatures out there – humans as well.
Education, preservation, conservation are the keys to protecting all of our friends, including us, for future generations.
If you see any of these friends on your travels give them a hug.
Well, perhaps not all of them.
Pangolins. In reality this creatures parts do not benefit anyone other than fellow Pangolins though they are the MOST trafficked animal in the world.
Large-scale trafficking is driven by a belief in pangolins’ magical and curative properties and a demand for their meat. When mixed with bark from certain trees, the scales are thought to neutralize witchcraft and evil spirits. If buried near a man’s door they are said to give an interested woman power over him. The smoke from their scales is thought to improve cattle health, keep lions away, and cure ailments like nose-bleeds. Although their scales are made of keratin—the same substance that makes up human hair and nails—they are in high demand in certain Asian countries where the scales are believed to cure illnesses ranging from cancer to asthma, and their meat is considered a delicacy. In some areas, tribes believe a pangolin sighting indicates there will be a drought and the only way to prevent it is by killing the animal. The African Wildlife Foundation is doing their best for these little guys. Toss them a few bucks if you can.
So, if you run into one of these critters be kind to them.
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