If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(CNN)   The pangolin: a relatively unknown (to Western world) mammal that looks like a dragon that nobody will ever hear of again. Why? Because it's "delicious"   (cnn.com) divider line 38
    More: Sad, thai people  
•       •       •

16408 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Apr 2014 at 1:11 AM (28 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

2014-04-03 01:18:51 AM  
10 votes:
Asian cultures are farking retarded about this shiat.

How is it, to this day, that many people still believe there is a preparation of animal bit for every illness?

Except their shiattiest stuff, like the asian carp, which they bring to america because god forbid they eat our fish instead. Ugh.

Seriously, asians are like the worst stewards of nature of all time.
2014-04-03 08:16:58 AM  
5 votes:
Here's how we solve this problem. Any time we catch people with "dead" rare animals, we detain them just long enough to poison the carcass with something that will kill anything that eats it. Then return them to the smugglers with an "oops, our bad". Smugglers distribute tainted animals, which now gain a reputation for killing people who eat them, or if not, the buyers quit using the smugglers.
2014-04-03 01:18:31 AM  
4 votes:
Is there anything that Chinese people won't eat?
2014-04-03 02:48:47 AM  
3 votes:
Jumping Jesus on a farking pogo stick China! We have farking real medicine that works. Stop eating crazy animals because you think that their powdered gall bladders will make your micro penis grow in the afterlife and bring honor to your dead aunt is a or whatever the fark you asshats believe it does for you.
2014-04-03 02:16:01 AM  
3 votes:
Article:  It's crazy, it looks like a pinecone, it looks like a dragon, you've never seen anything like it.

It looks like an armadillo.  Nothing crazy about that.
2014-04-03 12:07:17 PM  
2 votes:
I had a thought.

Perhaps an enterprising activist could sell fake "parts" of endangered species. Additionally, these counterfeit components would be laced with a deadly poison. This solves two problems: the "demand" for endangered species is satisfied without actually harming the population, and those creating the "demand" will be killed off, reducing the demand in the long term.
2014-04-03 08:01:18 AM  
2 votes:

HindiDiscoMonster: protip: western medicine sources it's medicine from both plant and animal sources.



Yes, and we try and stay focussed on things that actually work, you know, like the saying goes: What do they call alternative medicine that actually works? Medicine.

I'd like to think that, while plants and animals are the original sources for many cures, we put some effort into testing to see if they actually do anything, rather than just finding some random endangered species, looking it over, and declaring it the cure for lung cancer and an itchy ass, and then selling the parts for profit regardless of effect.

We do sell an awful lot of pills in western society that do fark all too, but at least we aren't wiping out a species in the process. I'd truly rather people weren't idiots that can be sucked in by witchcraft or homeopathy or any other of the miracles on offer in the first place. But at this stage I think I'll just be grateful if we can at least avoid the annihilation of all other living creatures simply because some people go through their entire life with their brain on stand-by mode.
2014-04-03 07:26:47 AM  
2 votes:

Nidiot: Smackledorfer: Asian cultures are farking retarded about this shiat.

How is it, to this day, that many people still believe there is a preparation of animal bit for every illness?

Except their shiattiest stuff, like the asian carp, which they bring to america because god forbid they eat our fish instead. Ugh.

Seriously, asians are like the worst stewards of nature of all time.

It seems to be a long held, possibly genetically ingrained thing, this idea that you could be cured by eating some specific food. Just because it works in a few specific cases, for example oranges contain vitamin C and therefore treat scurvy, that doesn't make it true for everything.

This idea of food as cure still holds in Western cultures. Every now and then you can find someone who of will try and claim that eating a diet consisting of only macro-biotic 100% organic purely vegetarian heirloom cacti is what cured their cancer.

Western society also moved from eating obscure animal parts as a cure for a specific ill, to instead believing that certain fruits, or food groups, will give us vitality and longevity (a couple of very generalised and difficult to prove claims). There is no shortage of articles consisting of "eat this and live longer".

But at least we are eating stuff we are deliberating growing for food, instead of depleting the wildlife.


My husband's aunt thinks that becoming a vegan 'cured' her Graves' disease. She was trying to convince me to become vegan to cure mine, and I was like "I have medicine for that". I have another friend who is convinced that there is something wrong with her son because he doesn't sleep through the night, and has thought that of him since he was 4 months old. She's taken him to every allergist and has restricted him from dairy and grain of any sort. She also took him to a homeopathic doctor who "diagnosed" him with "Candida" and gave this baby a shiat ton of vitamins to take. I don't know why she thinks it's not normal for a 14 month old to still wake up at night, but maybe the kid is HUNGRY.

People in the West turn to this stuff when they don't trust doctors or get on the internet too much.
2014-04-03 06:07:34 AM  
2 votes:

EbolaNYC: Jumping Jesus on a farking pogo stick China! We have farking real medicine that works. Stop eating crazy animals because you think that their powdered gall bladders will make your micro penis grow in the afterlife and bring honor to your dead aunt is a or whatever the fark you asshats believe it does for you.


This is why the whole "alternative" medicine stuff is bullshiat. They rag on Western medicine for "being about cutting and chopping", but eastern medicine seems to be nothing but eating endangered species. Got a cold? Eat an endangered species. Dysentery? Eat an endangered species. Multiple organ failures? Eat an endangered species. Bizarre new disease caused by eating an endangered species? Eat an endangered species. More wholesome and natural my ass.
2014-04-03 03:08:26 AM  
2 votes:

Smackledorfer: Asian cultures are farking retarded about this shiat.

How is it, to this day, that many people still believe there is a preparation of animal bit for every illness?

Except their shiattiest stuff, like the asian carp, which they bring to america because god forbid they eat our fish instead. Ugh.

Seriously, asians are like the worst stewards of nature of all time.


It seems to be a long held, possibly genetically ingrained thing, this idea that you could be cured by eating some specific food. Just because it works in a few specific cases, for example oranges contain vitamin C and therefore treat scurvy, that doesn't make it true for everything.

This idea of food as cure still holds in Western cultures. Every now and then you can find someone who of will try and claim that eating a diet consisting of only macro-biotic 100% organic purely vegetarian heirloom cacti is what cured their cancer.

Western society also moved from eating obscure animal parts as a cure for a specific ill, to instead believing that certain fruits, or food groups, will give us vitality and longevity (a couple of very generalised and difficult to prove claims). There is no shortage of articles consisting of "eat this and live longer".

But at least we are eating stuff we are deliberating growing for food, instead of depleting the wildlife.
2014-04-03 02:37:46 AM  
2 votes:
Goddamn it China, this is why we can't have nice things!

Assholes.
2014-04-03 02:32:36 AM  
2 votes:
In addition to the f*cking adorable picture above, I will add that when I was in the fourth grade I was given the pangolin as an animal to report about for a class project.  I was so excited that I made a life size model of it out of plaster of Paris and covered it with scales cut from my grandpa's WW2 leather bomber jacket.  Got an A+ on the project but dad tanned my ass for cutting up grandpa's sweet jacket.  The end.
2014-04-03 01:25:23 AM  
2 votes:
If you assume only 10% to 20% of the actual trade is reported by the news media, the true number trafficked over a two-year period was 116,990 to 233,980,

So an assumption with single-digit precision leads to 5 digits of precision in the result?
2014-04-03 01:21:11 AM  
2 votes:
Can't we just Sharpie some scales a bunch of armadillos, ship them to China, and call it a day?
2014-04-03 01:18:58 AM  
2 votes:
Looks like a dragon? I doubt it has even one consummate V inside that mouth.
2014-04-02 11:56:02 PM  
2 votes:
farm4.static.flickr.com
2014-04-03 03:54:39 PM  
1 votes:

Huggermugger: He said that he didn't worry, because Americans will stop the Asians from killing everything.


That sounds kind of like how we're supposed to go over and stop every country from annihilating its citizens in every "ethnic cleansing" and civil war that breaks out. Look, I know we have a history of such things, but I get tired of hearing from every country about how we need to go in and save everybody.

Asian cultures are weird and I would not enjoy living in one. If that makes me racist, so be it.

/I don't like our culture either, but at least I understand it.
2014-04-03 11:49:21 AM  
1 votes:

Smackledorfer: Asian cultures are farking retarded about this shiat.

How is it, to this day, that many people still believe there is a preparation of animal bit for every illness?

Except their shiattiest stuff, like the asian carp, which they bring to america because god forbid they eat our fish instead. Ugh.

Seriously, asians are like the worst stewards of nature of all time.


this x 10
2014-04-03 11:15:15 AM  
1 votes:

CRtwenty: [blogs.scientificamerican.com image 550x386]

Dear God, these things are adorable.


Keep in mind that they have front claws that can tear open  termite mounds that are as hard as concrete.  If one gets pissed at you, it can cause some serious damage.
2014-04-03 11:05:11 AM  
1 votes:

patrick767: Pretty much. I mean, the west has been really awful to animals too, but wtf is with driving animals to extinction because of "traditional Chinese medicine"? Knock it off, assholes. How can so many people be so dumb and also not give a flying fark about what they kill?

It's not just medicine. Look at shark fin soup. Sharks die by the millions and tens of millions and often only the fin is cut off. The rest of the animal is thrown back in the water to die. Does that stop people from paying big money to have their soup? Fark no.


It's nothing more than Conspicuous Consumption for Asians.  Eating rare animals - pangolin, tiger, panda, shark, puffer fish, etc. - means you can afford to pay the outrageous prices, and so your perceived status goes up.  Asians tend to take the whole "saving face" thing very, very seriously.

Now, that's not to say there isn't something to the whole "traditional Chinese medicine" thing, but you don't have to kill thousands of a species to locate the active ingredients.  And fark the Japanese for continuing to kill whales under the guise of "research".  Everyone knows those animals end up in high-end restaurants.

This is why we'll need zoos and animal sanctuaries for many, many decades.
2014-04-03 09:39:33 AM  
1 votes:
blogs.scientificamerican.com

Dear God, these things are adorable. How have I not known about these guys before?
2014-04-03 08:07:12 AM  
1 votes:

Nidiot: We do sell an awful lot of pills in western society that do fark all too, but at least we aren't wiping out a species in the process. I'd truly rather people weren't idiots that can be sucked in by witchcraft or homeopathy or any other of the miracles on offer in the first place. But at this stage I think I'll just be grateful if we can at least avoid the annihilation of all other living creatures simply because some people go through their entire life with their brain on stand-by mode.


We should get the Chinese hooked on homeopathy.  Then just one example of an endangered animal will serve all their medicinal needs in perpetuity.
2014-04-03 07:36:43 AM  
1 votes:

HindiDiscoMonster: protip: western medicine sources it's medicine from both plant and animal sources.


Protip - western medicine sources medicine with an evidence base and often takes sustainability into account, farming the ingredients where possible. Unlike Chinese medicine which is based on magical thinking and which prizes animals more highly the rarer they are, effectively hounding them to extinction.

When the world runs out of wild tigers, it will only be partially because of habitat destruction. The rest will be poached so some eastern businessman can eat tiger-cock soup in the misguided belief he can take its power.
2014-04-03 07:28:53 AM  
1 votes:

jaybeezey: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: How did I know even before clicking the link that this thing is being overhunted for use in some bullshiat Asian panacea?

I'm king shiat of f**k island, that's why.

What I don't get is that you have a country that limits the number of kids you can keep alive because of over population controls, yet every man in that country is apparently willing to eat a bear pancrease or pangolin scales to keep their dick hard.


It's funny:  Sport hunters get a lot of the blame, unfairly it turns out, for decreasing animal populations.  Actually, it's market hunters* selling animal parts.

For example, to the extent hunting contributed to the decline in tiger populations, it wasn't Chauncy Uppercrust on a howdah that caused it, it was hunters looking to make a fast buck by selling tiger penis to limp-dicked Chinamen.


*Poachers are market hunters, for the most part, just *ILLEGAL* market hunters.
2014-04-03 07:16:41 AM  
1 votes:

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: How did I know even before clicking the link that this thing is being overhunted for use in some bullshiat Asian panacea?

I'm king shiat of f**k island, that's why.


What I don't get is that you have a country that limits the number of kids you can keep alive because of over population controls, yet every man in that country is apparently willing to eat a bear pancrease or pangolin scales to keep their dick hard.
2014-04-03 06:53:20 AM  
1 votes:

Nidiot: Western society also moved from eating obscure animal parts as a cure for a specific ill


No, we didn't, we just package it into "homeopatic medicines" and selling it in as nice beautiful factory-made pills. Case in point: "homeopatic cure" against flu which is some obscure part of the duck or swan, I don't remember which, packed in sugar, in tiny portion.

As for raging against Chinese, please remember that huge part of China are uneducated peasants or were uneducated peasants just one generation ago. You can't just stop believing what your society believes just because someone somewhere knows better. Case in point, for US audience: Amish, Scientologists, GOP. Come to shout at Chinese when your church of scientology came into right mind. :)
2014-04-03 06:00:13 AM  
1 votes:

picturescrazy: All mammals are tasty.


As a rule, only the herbivores and omnivores are delicious.
2014-04-03 05:29:38 AM  
1 votes:
img.fark.net

http://news.yahoo.com/boat-filled-protected-species-hits-coral-reef- 09 4802333.html?everythingsbetterdownwhereitswetter


: "MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A Chinese boat that ran into a coral reef in the southwestern Philippines held evidence of even more environmental destruction inside: more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of meat from a protected species, the pangolin or scaly anteater.

The steel-hulled vessel hit an atoll on April 8 at the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on Palawan island. Coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said Monday that 400 boxes, each containing 25 to 30 kilograms of frozen pangolins, were discovered during a second inspection of the boat Saturday.

The World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines said the Chinese vessel F/N Min Long Yu could have been carrying up to 2,000 of the toothless, insect-eating animals rolled up in the boxes, with their scales already removed.

"It is bad enough that the Chinese have illegally entered our seas, navigated without boat papers and crashed recklessly into a national marine park and World Heritage Site," said WWF-Philippines chief executive officer Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan. "It is simply deplorable that they appear to be posing as fishermen to trade in illegal wildlife."

The boat's 12 Chinese crewmen are being detained on charges of poaching and attempted bribery, said Adelina Villena, the marine park's lawyer. She said more charges are being prepared against them, including damaging the corals and violating the country's wildlife law for being found in possession of the pangolin meat."
2014-04-03 02:31:45 AM  
1 votes:
didn't even have to click the link to know that it was the chinese medicinal/magic potion market that is killing the animal.

Sadly, it is something I doubt education will ever get rid of there or elsewhere.
2014-04-03 02:30:21 AM  
1 votes:

fastbow: Can't we just Sharpie some scales a bunch of armadillos, ship them to China, and call it a day?


Armadillos carry leprosy... hmmmm.
2014-04-03 02:23:39 AM  
1 votes:
You say "looks like a dragon", I say "looks like an artichoke".
2014-04-03 02:08:50 AM  
1 votes:
The only people that think pangolins look like dragons are people that have never heard of armadillos and anteaters. It's sad they're so nervous and hard to feed, though. We could probably preserve them as a species just by taking a few of the rescued ones and breeding them for pets.
2014-04-03 02:07:46 AM  
1 votes:

Smackledorfer: Asian cultures are farking retarded about this shiat.

How is it, to this day, that many people still believe there is a preparation of animal bit for every illness?

Seriously, asians are like the worst stewards of nature of all time.


Pretty much. I mean, the west has been really awful to animals too, but wtf is with driving animals to extinction because of "traditional Chinese medicine"? Knock it off, assholes. How can so many people be so dumb and also not give a flying fark about what they kill?

It's not just medicine. Look at shark fin soup. Sharks die by the millions and tens of millions and often only the fin is cut off. The rest of the animal is thrown back in the water to die. Does that stop people from paying big money to have their soup? Fark no.
2014-04-03 01:51:01 AM  
1 votes:
Hey, pangolin may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I'd never eat the filthy motherfarker
2014-04-03 01:43:41 AM  
1 votes:

Meliorist: If you assume only 10% to 20% of the actual trade is reported by the news media, the true number trafficked over a two-year period was 116,990 to 233,980,

So an assumption with single-digit precision leads to 5 digits of precision in the result?


Yeah... He really needed to explain why making that leap is justified.

I'm not saying it isn't justified; I suspect it's not as far off as we could wish. But you don't just throw in that kind of assumption without explaining why you think it's reasonable.
2014-04-03 01:41:03 AM  
1 votes:

Natsumi: I have seen one in the wild driving between Gobabis and Windhoek.


Isn't it dangerous for a pangolin to drive?
2014-04-03 01:27:05 AM  
1 votes:
Governments and international conservation organizations tend to put their muscle behind "charismatic" species like the rhino or elephant, which are seen in zoos worldwide and are universally beloved.

That's the main reason I say we should keep zoos around. People by nature can give one shiat about what they can't have live access to up close and personal(we even have that feeling about other humans).
2014-04-03 01:23:51 AM  
1 votes:
They are found in Namibia too. But you are considered very, very lucky if you see one. I have seen one in the wild driving between Gobabis and Windhoek. I have a friend who was a game warden and a tour guide and he has never seen one.

But since we have had a huge influx of Chinese in our country i expect they won't be there for long anymore.
 
Displayed 38 of 38 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report