(scaly anteaters) have been heavily hunted in China to supply a large demand for food, particularly fetus soup
(warning: graphic photos), and Chinese medicine. "Proceedings of the workshop on trade and conservation of pangolins native to South and Southeast Asia" [PDF]
a report from TRAFFIC
(Wildlife Trade Network) was released yesterday. More on pangolins previously on MetaFilter
"In a close-knit Chesapeake Bay community, the world’s fastest muskrat skinners face off in a truly cutthroat competition at the National Outdoor Show. One lucky young lady gets to be their queen."
[Warning: Fiddle tunes!
] Muskrat Lovely
, a documentary about the conflation of the world muskrat-skinning championships
with the Miss Outdoors beauty competition. The film will air soon on the PBS program
Catch some of the brackish flavor of the Chesapeake Bay's traditional regional culture
, including some muskrat recipes and skinning tips.
. And don't miss the link to Everything Muskrat
Hunting and gathering in your own backyard:
"Alistair Bland was a student at the University of California at Santa Barbara last year when he decided to spend 10 weeks as an urban hunter-gatherer. He foraged for food in that city and survived on what he could kill or find growing outside . . ." (Real Audio required). Bland reported on the project in more detail
in the Daily Gullet