Despite multiple organizations putting their heart and souls into saving animals and making sure that their time here on this planet is worth their while, there are people who’d rather eat them. Even if these animals are at the brink of extinction. Here are 7 animals that despite being endangered are being served at delicacies around the world.
From their leather to flesh to shell, everything about the turtle spells out endangered. Their meat and eggs used to be a delicacy in Hawaii before 1977. Man countries still trade their eggs.
A loved variety of fish for sushi and sashimi in Japan, the Bluefin Tuna is the most overfished species and, of course, endangered. Japan consumes about 80% of the world’s Bluefin.
Labeled as the world’s most hunted animal, this anteater has eight species all of which fall under the endangered category due to illegal hunting. Their meat is high in demand at banquets and as medicines in countries like Vietnam and China.
Surprising right? As if robbing the animals of its tusk wasn’t enough, connoisseurs also relish their meat. A delicacy in Africa, the trunk meat is devoured and in certain Asian countries, consuming an elephant’s genitals can boost certain abilities.
Also famous as bush meat, the flesh from gorillas and chimpanzees is widely consumed as a tradition across Africa.
A migratory bird, the Bunting has been killed and scoffed down in China for over 2,000 years despite a hunting ban. The birds breed north of the Himalayas and spend their winters in warmer Southeast Asia, passing through eastern China.
Indian Purple Frog
Local tribes along the Indian Western Ghats feast on tadpoles of the Indian Purple Flog. The amphibian is an endangered and endemic species in the area.