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World Wildlife Crime Report

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    16th Jul, 2020
  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released its World Wildlife Crime Report
  • It stated that the Seizure of the scales of the Pangolins, the most trafficked wild animal in the world has increased 10 times between the year 2014 and 2018.
  • The pangolins foster a wide range of coronavirus, which shares genetic similarities with the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • The report also features about the trafficking of rosewood timber, African elephant tusks and rhinoceros’ horns, live reptiles, big cats and European glass eels.
  • Nigeria was the primary point of export of pangolins in 2019.
  • Around 75% of the all emerging infectious diseases are Zoonotic diseases including the SARS-CoV-2.
  • The pangolin parts are used for treating various physical and psychological conditions in Nigeria.

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