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Boat filled with protected species hits coral reef
AP via Yahoo! News ^ | April 15, 2013 11:02 AM EST | Teresa Cerojano

Posted on 04/15/2013 9:07:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yan

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Chinese vessel that ran into a protected coral reef in the southwestern Philippines held evidence of even more environmental destruction inside: more than 10,000 kilograms (22,000 pounds) of meat from a protected species, the pangolin or scaly anteater.

The steel-hulled vessel hit an atoll on April 8 at the Tubbataha National Marine Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site on Palawan island. Coast guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said Monday that 400 boxes, each containing 25 to 30 kilograms of frozen pangolins, were discovered during a second inspection of the boat Saturday.

The World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines said the Chinese vessel F/N Min Long Yu could have been carrying up to 2,000 of the toothless, insect-eating animals rolled up in the boxes, with their scales already removed.

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1 posted on 04/15/2013 9:07:09 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
Boat filled with protected species hits coral reef

Phew! For second there I thought they were talking about liberals.

2 posted on 04/15/2013 9:17:19 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Pan_Yan

22,000 lbs of that?!

What did they kill every single one of the things on the island?


3 posted on 04/15/2013 9:20:01 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Pan_Yan

THE PANGOLIN

Another armored animal–scale
lapping scale with spruce-cone regularity until they
form the uninterrupted central
tail row! This near artichoke with head and legs and
grit-equipped gizzard,
the night miniature artist engineer is,
yes, Leonardo da Vinci’s replica–
impressive animal and toiler of whom we seldom hear.
Armor seems extra. But for him,
the closing ear-ridge–
or bare ear licking even this small
eminence and similarly safe
contracting nose and eye apertures
impenetrably closable, are not;–a true ant-eater,
not cockroach-eater, who endures
exhausting solitary trips through unfamiliar ground at night,
returning before sunrise; stepping in the moonlight,
on the moonlight peculiarly, that the outside
edges of his hands may bear the weight and save the
claws
for digging. Serpentined about
the tree, he draws
away from danger unpugnaciously,
with no sound but a harmless hiss; keeping
the fragile grace of the Thomas-
of-Leighton Buzzard Westminster Abbey wrought-iron
vine, or
rolls himself into a ball that has
power to defy all effort to unroll it; strongly intailed, neat
head for core, on neck not breaking off, with curled-in feet.
Nevertheless he has sting-proof scales; and nest
of rocks closed with earth from inside, which he can
thus darken.
Sun and moon and day and night and man and beast
each with a splendor
which man in all his vileness cannot
set aside; each with an excellence!
“Fearful yet to be feared,” the armored
ant-eater met by the driver-ant does not turn back, but
engulfs what he can, the flattered sword-
edged leafpoints on the tail and artichoke set leg-and
body-plates
quivering violently when it retaliates
and swarms on him. Compact like the furled fringed frill
on the hat-brim of Gargallo’s hollow iron head of a
matador, he will drop and will
then walk away
unhurt, although if unintruded on,
he cautiously works down the tree, helped
by his tail. The giant-pangolin-
tail, graceful tool, as prop or hand or broom or ax, tipped like
an elephant’s trunk with special skin,
is not lost on this ant-and stone-swallowing uninjurable
artichoke which simpletons thought a living fable
whom the stones had nourished, whereas ants had done
so. Pangolins are not aggressive animals; between
dusk and day they have the not unchain-like machine-like
form and frictionless creep of a thing
made graceful by adversities, con-
versities. To explain grace requires
a curious hand. If that which is at all were not forever,
why would those who graced the spires
with animals and gathered there to rest, on cold luxurious
low stone seats–a monk and monk and monk–between the
thus
ingenious roof-supports, have slaved to confuse
grace with a kindly manner, time in which to pay a
debt,
the cure for sins, a graceful use
of what are yet
approved stone mullions branching out across
the perpendiculars? A sailboat
was the first machine. Pangolins, made
for moving quietly also, are models of exactness,
on four legs; on hind feet plantigrade,
with certain postures of a man. Beneath sun and moon,
man slaving
to make his life more sweet, leaves half the flowers worth
having,
needing to choose wisely how to use his strength;
a paper-maker like the wasp; a tractor of foodstuffs,
like the ant; spidering a length
of web from bluffs
above a stream; in fighting, mechanicked
like to pangolin; capsizing in
disheartenment. Bedizened or stark
naked, man, the self, the being we call human, writing-
master to this world, griffons a dark
“Like does not like like that is obnoxious”; and writes error
with four
r’s. Among animals, one has a sense of humor.
Humor saves a few steps, it saves years. Uningnorant,
modest and unemotional, and all emotion,
he has everlasting vigor,
power to grow,
though there are few creatures who can make one
breathe faster and make one erecter.
Not afraid of anything is he,
and then goes cowering forth, tread paced to meet an obstacle
at every step. Consistent with the
formula–warm blood, no gills, two pairs of hands and a few
hairs–that
is a mammal; there he sits in his own habitat,
serge-clad, strong-shod. The prey of fear, he, always
curtailed, extinguished, thwarted by the dusk, work
partly done,
says to the alternating blaze,
“Again the sun!
anew each day; and new and new and new,
that comes into and steadies my soul.”

Marianne Moore


4 posted on 04/15/2013 9:20:49 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Taste like Chicken?


5 posted on 04/15/2013 9:21:34 AM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Pan_Yan

mmmmmmmmm species meat.


6 posted on 04/15/2013 9:23:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Anoreth; Darksheare; Scoutmaster

Pangolin ping!


7 posted on 04/15/2013 9:25:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Just what this family needs: more smugness.)
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To: driftdiver

The Chinese just filling a niche, destroying the fauna that the Filipinos just don’t want to destroy themselves.


8 posted on 04/15/2013 9:27:57 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Might make dog food!


9 posted on 04/15/2013 9:36:59 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Pan_Yan

The Chinese will eat anything with legs except a table.


10 posted on 04/15/2013 9:38:10 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: Pan_Yan

OMG, no!!

I must keep this from my child that attends UC Irvine — home of the ANTEATERS!!

Better yet— maybe I should tell him to stir up a few libs over there...


11 posted on 04/15/2013 9:42:29 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (Handguns are a girl's best friend!!)
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To: Pan_Yan

Whoa! This is WAY worse than the whole Gosnell thing. /sarc


12 posted on 04/15/2013 9:47:33 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Pan_Yan

Whoa! This is WAY worse than the whole Gosnell thing. /sarc


13 posted on 04/15/2013 9:47:47 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: Tax-chick; Anoreth; Scoutmaster

Did they commaneer the boat?
Pangolin are notoriously bad navigators.


14 posted on 04/15/2013 9:49:01 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: dainbramaged
The Chinese will eat anything with legs except a table.

And anything that flies that is not an airplane.

15 posted on 04/15/2013 9:49:13 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Puppage
Boat filled with protected species hits coral reef

Phew! For second there I thought they were talking about liberals.

If a boatload of LIBERALS sunk... that would be a CELEBRATION...

16 posted on 04/15/2013 9:50:57 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Rand Paul/Ben Carson should be the 2016 Ticket!)
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To: ExCTCitizen
If a boatload of LIBERALS sunk... that would be a CELEBRATION...

Or, at the very least........a good start.

17 posted on 04/15/2013 10:02:44 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Marianne!

Ah well, she's no Maya Angelou!

18 posted on 04/15/2013 10:04:57 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: dainbramaged

“The Chinese will eat anything with legs except a table.”. They save the table legs for the Norks.


19 posted on 04/15/2013 10:29:30 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

By any chance did you transcribe that from memory?


20 posted on 04/15/2013 10:36:55 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Joe 6-pack

Betcha ol’ Marianne was a real hoot on dates.


21 posted on 04/15/2013 10:39:29 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: bigfootbob

The one I fried up tasted like a cross between spotted owl and bald eagle. A little stringy for my taste.


22 posted on 04/15/2013 11:21:59 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Puppage

True it would be a good start


23 posted on 04/15/2013 11:22:05 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Rand Paul/Ben Carson should be the 2016 Ticket!)
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To: dainbramaged
"The Chinese will eat anything with legs except a table."

Are legs a new requirement of some sort? ;-)


24 posted on 04/15/2013 11:51:51 AM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Pan_Yan

These scum are right up there next to muzzies.


25 posted on 04/15/2013 12:31:01 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Portcall24
Try Stuffing the California Condor with a Bald Eagle, the Bald Eagle with a Spotted Owl, bake for 45 minutes per pound at 325 degF, Uncover for last 45 minutes to glaze and brown at 425.

I am making this for a Sierra Club Potluck, but will need back-up.

26 posted on 04/15/2013 5:10:55 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Serve Snail Darter as an appetizer.


27 posted on 04/16/2013 1:43:39 AM PDT by Portcall24
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