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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Frog legs delicacy leading to extinction

Adelaide University associate professor Corey Bradshaw says the harvesting of frogs for human consumption has drove some species to extinction.There between 200 million and 1 billion frogs are traded globally every year. The domestic markets within places like Indonesia are probably two to seven times the recorded commercial trade. Though USA is not really known for their appreciation of frog meat they are probably the next biggest importer. In France a few specialty restaurants may serve frog legs to a select clientele. Frogs' legs are one of the better-known delicacies of French and Chinese cuisine. They are also eaten in other regions, such as the Caribbean, the region of Alentejo, in Portugal, northwest Greece, Spain and the Midwest southern regions of the United States. A type of frog called the edible frog is most often used for this dish. They are often said to taste like chicken because of their mild flavor, with a texture most similar to chicken wings. In East Asia, with Hong Kong the major importer of chinese delicacy, shark's fin, sea cucumber and abalone, Asian freshwater turtles, seahorses, saiga antelope, pangolins, geckos, tigers, amongst others, are often consumed for Chinese New Year. All of these species are subject to overexploitation and uncontrolled trade.They are deemed as health tonics containing endangered species. An estimated 24 million seahorses are taken from the wild every year, for use in traditional Chinese medicine, or sold live for the aquarium trade.

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