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Frogs on Path to Extinction Due to Overharvesting | Care2 Healthy Living

Frogs on Path to Extinction Due to Overharvesting | Care2 Healthy Living

Global demand for frogs legs is pushing the poor amphibians towards extinction. Billions of frogs are either captured or raised on farms to be sold as food in markets or restaurants. The international frog trade is helping to spread the chytrid fungus, which may have already killed one hundred million frogs and has already driven some wild species into extinction. “A recent study estimated that 62 percent of the bullfrogs entering California from Asian frog farms are infected with the chytrid fungus. Bullfrogs serve as perfect vectors for fungus, as the frogs can survive infection loads of millions of chytrid zoospores. Because the infected frogs don’t die from the fungus, they are able to spread the pathogen to native amphibian populations.” (Source: IBTimes ) Western Europe is one of the main importers of frogs for personal consumption. They may import two billion each y...

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