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B>GUANGZHOU:/BSouthern Guangdong province Saturday issued an all points bulletin on the endangered civet cat, most recently determined by medical scientists as the likely source of the SARS epidemic.
The pangolin may wear a suit of armour but that has not prevented it from ending up on dinner plates and medicinal stores, writes STEPHEN HOGG.
China's insatiable appetite for wildlife has put many of South-East Asia's species in hot soup, literally. Besides being fair game for gourmands, animal parts are also much sought after for medicines and tonics in an increasingly affluent society steeped in the traditional belief that exotic fare endows the consumer with added social status and sexual prowess.
Have you ever wondered where all the terrapins that are sold in pet shops and released into ponds in Chinese temples come from? Many kids have no idea of the origin of their pets.