If you've already taken our pangolin action, please take a moment to sign our petition to list Elephants as "Endangered".
Last July, IFAW co-authored and submitted a technical petition to list a little known, but amazingly unique, animal as “Endangered” under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA): the pangolin. Pangolins are medium-sized, scale-covered, insect-eating mammals that live in several areas of Africa and Asia. But while pangolins are fascinating and play an important role in their ecosystems as insect regulators, they are one of the most imperiled species on the planet.
In March, pangolins received some good news from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).Our petition received an official, positive “90-day finding.” Now, the US government is conducting an investigation, based on our petition, to find out if pangolins will receive “Endangered” status.
And there is no time to waste. Pangolins are the most illegally trafficked mammal in the world. Over 1 million pangolins are estimated to have been poached in the last decade in order to satisfy demand for their meat and scales. The rate at which they are being killed is completely unsustainable and cruel, and may lead to extinction if nothing is done. The U.S. can take a big step in stopping the trade of pangolins through an “Endangered” designation. According to government data, thousands of pangolin products are imported or smuggled into the U.S. every year.
Pangolins need the best protection they can get as soon as possible. You can help by signing our petition showing support for listing all seven unlisted pangolin species under the ESA (there is only one species that is currently protected). All you need to do is fill out the form here, and will submit this letter with your signature. Make your voice heard today!