Manta Ray populations threatened by Chinese folk remedy market – ILOC Update

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 Similar to the market pressures underlying (to a partial extent) the practice of shark finning, a recent article in Scientific American describes how demand for the gills of the manta and mobula rays is threatening these majestic elasmobranchs.   The tragic thing is that the use of manta gills is not supported by traditional Chinese medicine, but appears to be a relatively new fad according to the article.