The slow loris, a tiny primate native to the forests of southern Asia, is one of the most popular animals in the wildlife trade, particularly in Japan, where people pay as much as U.S.$3,800 to have one as a house pet. But the loris will soon be priceless—literally—thanks to a new ruling by the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The convention, which oversees the sale of 33,000 plant and animal species worldwide, officially banned all international traffic in the slow loris last week, in order to stop what advocates described as gruesome abuses in the illegal sale of the animal. The small, nocturnal creatures are often trapped in the wild and have all of their teeth pulled in order to be sold as tame or as babies, according to CITES’ report. Other markets for the loris as food or for use in traditional medicines, combined with heavy logging in Southeast Asia, has left the animal “decimated in large parts of its range,” the report said. “
How about we let wild animals be wild and adopt the many already domesticated animals that need homes?
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