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The principal aim of NoAnimalPoaching is to educate the public about the extent, and the ever-increasing nature, of animal poaching worldwide, at all scales of analyses. In brief, the primary point is to call attention to this horrible, debilitating, insidious practice.
The principal aim of NoAnimalPoaching is to educate the public about the extent, and the ever-increasing nature, of animal poaching worldwide, at all scales of analyses. In brief, the primary point is to call attention to this horrible, debilitating, insidious practice.
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Seashell Souvenirs Are Killing Protected Marine Life

The seashell trade is little known, but the massive industry devastates marine life worldwide.

In the little coastal town of Kanyakumari, in southern India, mountains of newly harvested mollusk shells—living animals still inside them—lie drying out near a sun-drenched beach. Next up for these seashells: a dunking for a few hours in large vats of oil and acid to clean them. Any remaining flesh or scaly growth is then scraped off each shell by hand by one of hundreds of local workers, and they’re given another soaking in oil. After a final hand-polishing, many are shipped to artisans in nearby towns who craft jewelry and other mementos to sell to tourists. The remaining shells are destined for elsewhere in India and abroad.

For many of the species found here, this industry is illegal under Indian law.

Beyond that, says Amey Bansod, who witnessed the mass collection and processing of mollusks in Kanyakumari firsthand in 2014, it’s cruel because “the shells are very much alive.”

Bansod was a graduate student when he visited Kanyakumari for his thesis project, which started as an inquiry into the livelihood of shell artisans and morphed into what he calls “a framework for a movement against the exploitation and mindless destruction of marine life.”

Bansod had expected to speak with a few artisans and learn about their craft but was flabbergasted by what he saw. A factory worker showed him around a processing center and a “massive open warehouse” with high gates and security.... https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/wildlife-watch-seashells-illegal-trade-handicrafts/
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