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7 Animals Being Eaten To Extinction (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/28/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:15 PM ET

With human populations increasing worldwide and consumers demanding rare and exotic meals, endangered animals are being hunted for food at an increasingly alarming rate. Due to such a diverse international culture and rich tastes, the United States is one of the largest consumers of wildlife, with mass amounts of it illegally smuggled into the country every year.

Take a look at 7 animals that are threatened with extinction if humans don't stop eating them--you might be surprised at what you find!

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The pangolin is a family of 8 species, also known as the scaly anteater, native to tropical regions of Asia and Africa. Large keratin scales cover its skin—a mammal adaptation unique to the pangolin. Unfortunately, the pangolin's existence is threatened due to heavy consumption primarily in Africa, China, and Indonesia, where not only is the meat considered a delicacy but the pangolin serves as a source for many herbal medicines. The IUCN Red List has classified two species of Pangolin as endangered, with four more listed as near threatened.
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