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Individual study: Canapés to extinction: the international trade in frogs’ legs and its ecological impact

Published source details

Altherr S., Goyenechea S. & Schubert D.J. (2011) Canapés to extinction: the international trade in frogs’ legs and its ecological impact. Pro Wildlife Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Welfare Institute report.


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Reduce impact of amphibian trade Amphibian Conservation

A review in 2011 (Altherr, Goyenechea & Schubert 2011) found that reducing trade in green pond frog Euphlyctis Hexadactylus and the Indian bullfrog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus through legislation allowed populations to recover from over-exploitation. Both species were categorized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as stable in the 2010 IUCN Red List. Populations of both species had crashed in India and Bangladesh following unsustainable use in the frog leg trade. Over three years of monitoring in India, it was estimated that 9,000 tonnes of frogs were removed from the wild for frogs’ legs. In 1985, green pond frogs and Indian bullfrogs were listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). India banned export of frogs’ legs in 1987 and Bangladesh followed in 1989.

 

Use legislative regulation to protect wild populations Amphibian Conservation

A review in 2011 (Altherr, Goyenechea & Schubert 2011) found that following legislation to reduce trade in green pond frogs Euphlyctis Hexadactylus and the Indian bullfrog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus, populations recovered from over-exploitation. Both species were categorised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as stable in the 2010 IUCN Red List. Populations of both species had crashed in India and Bangladesh following unsustainable use in the frog leg trade. During three years of monitoring in India, it was estimated that 9,000 tonnes of frogs were removed from the wild for frogs’ legs. In 1985, green pond frogs and Indian bullfrogs were listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). India banned export of frogs’ legs in 1987 and Bangladesh followed in 1989.