Scaly yet docile anteaters are now the most illegally-traded mammal in the world. Pangolins are now critically endangered animal due to the demand for their meat at banquets in China and Vietnam and their scales for use in Chinese medicine. Despite the high-priced wild pangolin and its increasing demand, more people tend to hunt and sell pangolins in Vietnam.
I am so sad while translating this story, it was translated from a Chinese blog and the origin of the photos remain unknown.
Perhaps this story could inspires and stops people around the world from eating pangolins.
The general buying process is as follows:
The buyers first to choose which pangolin to buy, and sellers will pull them straight, eviscerated, washing and finally use torches to burn its scales.
The buyers regretted to see the slaughtering process and asked the man to give up. But the black seller seem very unwilling to give up and placed it into the brazier. Slowly, her scales are off, and gives off a burnt smell, but she still curl her body. Sellers shook his head in frustration, and threw her to the floor behind him.
All of them were stunned, the buyers felt sad for the pangolins and he believe that this is a sign for him to stop eating pangolin. He sweared that he and his family will never eating pangolin again started that day, with some tears in his eyes.
Perhaps this scene touched all of us, inspires and stops people around the world from eating pangolins.