It turns out that around the world, more than 72 billion land animals are killed every year, that is about 200 million animals a day, 8.3 million animals in an hour and more than 2,300 animals per second!!!
You think that’s a lot? Think again…These are only the land animals…
It has been estimated that about 1.3 trillion aquatic animals are killed every year for food! I don’t think I have to elaborate that statistics for you but anyways, that’ll be about 41,225 aquatic animals slaughtered every second!
These statistics are unimaginably high and seem practically impossible… Right?
Like you might be thinking,
How are we killing 41,225 aquatic animals plus 2,300 land animals in one second when we can’t even write our own names on a paper in that time!
But this sadly is the reality…
Considering these statistics, it’s not very surprising that humans could actually eat a species to it’s extinction in the wild. That exactly my friend, is the fate of the critically endangered Chinese Giant Salamander.
The Chinese Giant Salamanders were once widespread and were commonly found in most parts of China, but poaching and illegal collection for farming, has made them super rare in the wild.
These creatures date back to 170 million years but in recent times they have vanished from their traditional freshwater habitats. More than 95% of the salamander’s natural habitat has been destroyed leaving only a handful of them left in the wild. Today, catching these exclusively rare species is banned in China.
Due to the demand, it is extensively farmed by chinese fisheries and about 2 million of them are harvested annually. China’s penalty for illegally hunting these creatures in the wild is very low and only comes to 50 Yaun, or about ₹534, which is a lot lesser than the black-market price of a salamander, which is anywhere between ₹18,720 to ₹30,000 per piece!
Even though china promotes release of these farm bred salamanders in the wild, their population has plummeted drastically. About 14 natural reserves have also been set up to protect the species, but the poachers still manage to capture and kill more than the ones that are being saved.
It’s really unreasonable to kill animals to such an extent that they get wiped off the face of earth! But, these salamanders aren’t the only victims of delicacies. Sharks have also been subjected to gruesome harrasment for soups.
16% of about 400 species of sharks are critically endangered and prone to extinction, the major reason being over exploitation for a delicacy…again… (Déjà Vu)
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