Day: February 8, 2021

Protect the European frogs, grill the Indonesian

The EU imports 4,600 tonnes of frogs’ legs from Indonesia every year – this corresponds to 100-200 million frogs.

In the 1980s, frogs ‘legs fell into disrepute: At that time, images from India and Bangladesh caused horror, showing how cruelly frogs’ legs were chopped off.

In 1985, on the initiative of Germany, the two most traded species at the time were placed under the protection of the Washington Convention on Species Protection – and the topic disappeared from the headlines. First…

Indonesia’s frogs are disappearing

However, Pro Wildlife wanted to know whether this problem has really been resolved.
Our research came to light: Together with the US associations Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Welfare Institute, Pro Wildlife published the study “Canapés to Extinction”, which shows that the problem has shifted from India and Bangladesh to Indonesia.

Since then, up to 200 million frogs have been caught there every year from rice fields and ponds for export to the EU – with fatal consequences for nature: The frogs are becoming increasingly rare, they are missing as insect and pest control agents.

200 million frogs would annually exterminate up to 800,000 tons of insects, snails, and other agricultural pests – if they weren’t caught, killed, frozen, and shipped to Europe.
In this way, however, the use of pesticides in Indonesia is increasing, the water bodies are becoming more and more polluted – with negative consequences for biodiversity as well as humans.

The EU must finally act!
The EU is and remains the sad leader in frog extermination – above all France, Belgium, and Holland.

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