ACTION ALERT: Help Save the Pangolin!

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Humans can survive without Pangolin scales. Pangolins can’t.

Sign the Petition - Help Save the Pangolin!

Write to your elected officials about the importance of saving this endangered species. Encourage your respective state legislators to support HB4787 by signing on to be a cosponsor of the proposed legislation. You can also sign a petition below to save the pangolin. The petition signatures will be presented to the sponsors of HB4787 to demonstrate the public support for pangolin conservation.

Pangolins: Often referred to as scaly anteaters, pangolins are small predominantly nocturnal mammals covered in scales made of keratin, the same material of which human fingernails are made. The name pangolin comes from the Malay word “penggulung,” meaning "one who rolls up,” as they curl up into a ball when threatened, the overlapping scales acting as defensive armor. Today, all eight species of pangolin – four native to Asia and four to Africa – face extinction.

Trafficking: Pangolins are the world’s most hunted and illegally trafficked mammal. More than a million wild pangolins have been killed in the last decade as interest grows for their meat and scales, used for jewelry and medicinal purposes. It is predicted that an average of 20 tons of scales a year are being smuggled into China and other Asian countries. Pangolin products can still be found for sale in the US, including Illinois.

HB4787 HB4787 would prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of pangolin products.

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The petition signatures will be presented to the sponsors of HB4787 to demonstrate the public support for pangolin conservation. All comments may become part of the public record.

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