The animal became popular for being one of the possible original hosts of the new coronavirus.
Last Tuesday (9), China removed drugs made from parts of pangolins from its official list of traditional medical treatments. As AFP reported, the announcement was made just days after the country added the animal to the list of species legally protected because they are at risk of extinction.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, pangolins have gained popularity as one of the species that may have served as a host and contributed to the emergence of the new coronavirus. Studies indicate that the consumption of these animals and bats would have led to the development of Sars-CoV-2.
According to AFP, the pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world and is sold at very high prices on the illegal market. This is because the animal parts are used in traditional Chinese medicine to develop solutions used in the treatment of various health problems.
In recent months, China has also banned the sale of wild animals for food, due to the risk of diseases spreading to humans. Still, trade remains legal for other purposes, like scientific research.