>> A significant win for the world's most hunted animal. The United Nations banning the global trade in highly endangered pangolins at the global wildlife meeting in South Africa on Wednesday bumping the mark to the highest level of protection.>> Today the countries of world voted to move all eight species of pangolins from Appendix 2 to Appendix 1.
What that means now is they will have full global protection from international commercial trade.>> Somewhere between an armadillo and an ant eater, the pangolin is hunted ruthlessly in Africa but the demand comes from Asian countries like Vietnam and China where their meat is a delicacy and their scales are used in traditional medicine.
Rescue centers have been struggling to save them from a gruesome fate.>> They crush construction rocks into powder and mix it with wheat and egg to pump into the pangolin's stomach. When they reach us, they're often already suffering from stomach diseases that develop into cancer.>> Pangolins are shy, shortsighted, and only come out to forage for food at night, their sole defense mechanism curling up into a ball.
Wildlife activists hope the new UN ruling will go some way to curbing the brutal trade of a species that's well armored but utterly defenseless.