#Repost from @natural_history_museum Good news for pangolins – China has removed their scales from the national list of official medicines. Pangolins, the world’s only scaly mammals, are one of the most trafficked animals on Earth. The demand for their hard scales, pictured above, is highest in Asia, where they are commonly used in traditional medicines. Poachers making a living from this demand have depleted wild populations in Asia and Africa, and the pangolin’s future is uncertain. Chinese authorities have taken a first step in protecting this animal and clamping down on trade. The scales have been taken off the Chinese pharmacopoeia, an official list of medicines and ingredients approved for use. #freepangolin

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