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(TreeHugger)   Pangolins are the world's most illegally smuggled mammal because they're as cute as they are tasty   (treehugger.com) divider line 77
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2014-08-09 09:15:25 AM
...their distinctive scales are used in Chinese medicine (which is ridiculous when you know that the scales of pangolins are made of keratin, the exact same protein found in human nails and hair -- nothing special about it).


Rhino horns, antelope horns, snake skins...The Chinese would eat keratin 24/7 if they could.
 
2014-08-09 09:37:35 AM
It's always the Orientals.
 
2014-08-09 10:34:43 AM
And their class mods are absurdly good for health regen builds.
 
2014-08-09 10:35:57 AM
Someone needs to Captain Trips China for the good of humanity and the ecosphere.
 
2014-08-09 10:37:35 AM

Mugato: It's always the Orientals.


The western world got out of eating weird things when we discovered how many types of cheeses we could make. Add to that the invention of deep sea fishing, then food processing on the industrial scale and the west has had its palette entertained for some time.
 
2014-08-09 10:40:34 AM
Looks a bit like an armadillo.
 
2014-08-09 10:43:16 AM
summertomato.com
 
2014-08-09 10:44:01 AM

Nayest: Someone needs to Captain Trips China for the good of humanity and the ecosphere.


www.rawstory.com

"Are you telling me to...or asking me to?"
 
2014-08-09 10:44:19 AM

texdent: Looks a bit like an armadillo.


http://www.arkansas.com/events/details.aspx?id=101043

Thems good eatin.
 
2014-08-09 10:44:44 AM

Mugato: It's always the Orientals.


i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-09 10:47:26 AM
I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible (if you don't believe me get on google earth and select random places in the midwest to zoom in). Eroding top soil, draining qualifiers, producing immense amount of greenhouse gas all so we can have meat at every meal. Only 2% of the original prairie ecosystem is intact. Also we're fat and unhealthy.

/Carry on
 
2014-08-09 10:51:37 AM
Woohoo, old news and old topics word for word!
 
2014-08-09 10:54:03 AM
Because their meat is in high demand at banquets in Vietnam and China and their distinctive scales are used in Chinese medicine

Goodbye little critter... telling these people anything is like taking a dump, getting up and yelling into the toilet at it to not stink. (WARNING!!! THEY WILL KICK YOU OUT OF WAL-MART FOR THIS!)

/As for the nun upstairs biatching that "we're fat and unhealthy".. STFU, I resemble that remark!  And, just for that, I'll go eat another hamburger brownie dipped in BarBQ sauce and chocolate milk.
 
2014-08-09 10:55:54 AM
I have never heard of (nor eaten) these things.
 
2014-08-09 10:57:00 AM
I figured Central American children were the most illegally smuggled mammals now.
 
2014-08-09 11:02:41 AM
Pangolins are the world's most illegally smuggled mammal because they're as cute as they are tasty

Funny, a girl I work with saw an article on this recently, and she certainly did not find them cute.  She was actually rather squeamish about them.  Not sure why, I think perhaps because they look a little more reptilian than mammalian.

/csb
 
2014-08-09 11:06:11 AM

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible (if you don't believe me get on google earth and select random places in the midwest to zoom in). Eroding top soil, draining qualifiers, producing immense amount of greenhouse gas all so we can have meat at every meal. Only 2% of the original prairie ecosystem is intact. Also we're fat and unhealthy.

/Carry on


I find it interesting that no matter what thing happens in another culture or country, some people have a knee jerk reaction to change the subject to America's problems first, as though no one ever thought of this before.
 
2014-08-09 11:06:13 AM
http://animals.io9.com/pangolins-walk-just-like-t-rex-1606810676

They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.
 
2014-08-09 11:10:19 AM

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible (if you don't believe me get on google earth and select random places in the midwest to zoom in). Eroding top soil, draining qualifiers, producing immense amount of greenhouse gas all so we can have meat at every meal. Only 2% of the original prairie ecosystem is intact. Also we're fat and unhealthy.

/Carry on


Preach it, Cockburn!

www.cockburnproject.net
 
2014-08-09 11:13:10 AM

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible


Humans were designed to eat beef.  Destined.  Compelled.

Why do you think India is still third world?
 
2014-08-09 11:13:44 AM

Uakronkid: http://animals.io9.com/pangolins-walk-just-like-t-rex-1606810676

They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.


So, they open the door, and then get on the floor?
 
2014-08-09 11:14:16 AM

Fano: Pull the Plug on Grannie: I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible (if you don't believe me get on google earth and select random places in the midwest to zoom in). Eroding top soil, draining qualifiers, producing immense amount of greenhouse gas all so we can have meat at every meal. Only 2% of the original prairie ecosystem is intact. Also we're fat and unhealthy.

/Carry on

I find it interesting that no matter what thing happens in another culture or country, some people have a knee jerk reaction to change the subject to America's problems first, as though no one ever thought of this before.


Both sides are bad, eat pangolin.
 
2014-08-09 11:18:03 AM
The problem is the Chinese are translating it as "pan-go-in."
 
2014-08-09 11:19:14 AM
I've wanted to eat a Galapagos Turtle for some time but this critter is just too cute to eat.

/screw you dolphin! fark you whale!
 
2014-08-09 11:20:07 AM

sendtodave: Why do you think India is still third world?


Colonial racism, how does it work?
 
2014-08-09 11:24:50 AM
Recipes?
 
2014-08-09 11:28:04 AM

Uakronkid: They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.


Awesome!

i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-09 11:31:09 AM
Pengin?

o.aolcdn.com

Everybody knows that Shoe is best.
 
2014-08-09 11:34:47 AM

jaytkay: Uakronkid: They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.

Awesome!


Holy fark. They are now my new favorite animal.

/I can't wait to taste one
 
2014-08-09 11:37:19 AM
www.iconeasy.com
 
2014-08-09 11:39:30 AM

Mister Peejay: Uakronkid: http://animals.io9.com/pangolins-walk-just-like-t-rex-1606810676

They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.

So, they open the door, and then get on the floor?


I laughed too hard at that.

+1
 
2014-08-09 11:40:31 AM

jaytkay: Uakronkid: They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.

Awesome!

[i.imgur.com image 600x371]


He looks like the Batmobile with its shields up.

i41.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-09 11:40:59 AM
goddamnitsomuchchina
 
2014-08-09 11:41:52 AM

Dragonflew: I have never heard of (nor eaten) these things.


They're very precise.
 
2014-08-09 11:43:20 AM
Why do this? Why illegally import an animal for medicine and food to the point of extinction? Why not get breeding pairs and make all you could ever want and not wipe them off the face of the earth?
 
2014-08-09 11:44:05 AM
Why are they facing extinction? Because their meat is in high demand at banquets in Vietnam and China and their distinctive scales are used in Chinese medicine (which is ridiculous when you know that the scales of pangolins are made of keratin, the exact same protein found in human nails and hair -- nothing special about it).


/Sighs, how did i know this would be the case? farking witch doctor hacks. Same shiat, different day. Try actually going to a REAL medical college instead of pulling cures out of your ass and causing animals to go extinct. Assholes.
 
2014-08-09 11:50:02 AM

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible (if you don't believe me get on google earth and select random places in the midwest to zoom in). Eroding top soil, draining qualifiers, producing immense amount of greenhouse gas all so we can have meat at every meal. Only 2% of the original prairie ecosystem is intact. Also we're fat and unhealthy.

/Carry on



Perhaps, but cows aren't on the brink of extinction.

If we could convince people that eating free-range mice and rats was better than Viagra, we would reduce the rodent problem without a single additional cat. I think an advertising campaign is in order.

Do not take MICE if you:
• take any other rodents, felines, or canines, often prescribed for hair loss, loss of libido, gas, diarrhea, constipation, the vapors, hot flashes, cold flashes, and who the hell knows what (it's traditional!), as this may cause a sudden, unsafe drop in blood pressure.
• are allergic to rabbits, gophers, or any other rodent.
Discuss your health with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough for sex.
MICE can cause serious side effects.  If you experience chest pain, dizziness, nausea during sex, or an erection lasting more than four hours, eat a cat immediately, and seek medical attention.

NOT FOR USE BY CHILDREN, unless they annoying.
 
2014-08-09 12:00:54 PM

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible (if you don't believe me get on google earth and select random places in the midwest to zoom in). Eroding top soil, draining qualifiers, producing immense amount of greenhouse gas all so we can have meat at every meal. Only 2% of the original prairie ecosystem is intact. Also we're fat and unhealthy.

/Carry on


Actually, we are fat and unhealthy from eating the corn (and other things), though cows fed predominantly corn are higher in fat and saturated fats, for exactly the same reason it makes us fat. Mostly our meat culture is inefficient use of energy and poor for the environment. Otherwise, meat is pretty damned good for you, even fatty meat.
 
2014-08-09 12:03:29 PM

Pull the Plug on Grannie: I find it interesting we will criticize other countries for their eating habits, meanwhile we have almost every scare inch of arable land in cultivation to grow corn and soy to produce as much beef as cheaply as possible (if you don't believe me get on google earth and select random places in the midwest to zoom in). Eroding top soil, draining qualifiers, producing immense amount of greenhouse gas all so we can have meat at every meal. Only 2% of the original prairie ecosystem is intact. Also we're fat and unhealthy.

/Carry on


What's a "scare inch?" How does one drain a qualifier?
 
2014-08-09 12:06:46 PM

jaytkay: Uakronkid: They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.

Awesome!


That looks like it should be the younger form of one of monster hunter's large monsters
 
2014-08-09 12:08:17 PM
Pangolins. Pangolins. It's dinner time in the city. Oooo-ooie, hear them scream. Soon it will be slightly braised.
 
2014-08-09 12:09:54 PM

Hiro-ACiD: I've wanted to eat a Galapagos Turtle for some time but this critter is just too cute to eat.

/screw you dolphin! fark you whale!


Whole time was cow and chicken?!?! This is outrage!!!
 
2014-08-09 12:10:02 PM
And sorry subby, but they aren't even that tasty.  They are very gamy and have to be cooked with tons of garlic and ginger to get over their wild animal flavor.  It's all about them being rare, expensive, and to show you can afford to eat something that rare and expensive.

It's sort of like carpaccio was to the 90's, miniburgers/sliders to the 2000s, and whatever the food fad of the 2010s becomes.
 
2014-08-09 12:10:32 PM
But are they tasty?
 
2014-08-09 12:11:47 PM

jaytkay: Uakronkid: They walk on their hind legs, like a dinosaur.

Awesome!

[i.imgur.com image 600x371]


cool
/what's its' armor class?
 
2014-08-09 12:16:44 PM

stuffy: But are they tasty?


NO!  see 30 seconds above you.
 
2014-08-09 12:21:34 PM
I make all my money from legaly smuggling animals.
 
2014-08-09 12:25:39 PM
img.fark.net

My friend George is guide at a lodge in southern Namibia where I sometime volunteer to do astronomy programs. Two years ago when he came back from his vacation he showed me this photo. He went to his village in the north and while he was there one of the villagers came across a pangolin. George took some photos of it (and then had this one taken of him holding it) and then he released it some distance from the village.  I would love to see one.
 
2014-08-09 12:32:01 PM
That... is a lot larger than I thought they were.
 
2014-08-09 12:34:09 PM
MIght have already been posted.  DNRTFThread.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/08/07/mexican-traffickers -m ove-into-asia-pricey-fish-bladder-market/

The totoaba's large swim bladder, which controls its buoyancy, is a delicacy in China, where it's placed in soup and can cost as much as $25,000 a bowl

Huh?
 
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