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The Demand for Black Scorpions

If I saw a deadly black scorpion, I would probably scream and run for my life but In the coastal belt of Sindh, Pakistan people are capturing and selling black scorpions for livelihood.

It is said that a black scorpion weighing more than 50 grams can fetch a very hefty price and those above 100 grams are literally worth their weight in gold .

The scorpions are used for medicinal research, more specifically for their poison. Buyers are very eager to pay a lot of money for black scorpions which of course gives rise to illegal-trade and black marketing.

But experts say that mass hunting of scorpions is dangerous for biodiversity and will disturb the food chain. People however never look at long term scenario when they are counting short term gains. ….and that’s a great pity.

When I read such news reports, I am strongly reminded of a Native American saying :

“When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”

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  1. If the scorpians are going to be used in research, they should be bred in the lab to make sure that all of them are the same and have the same genetic components. Otherwise the results may not be relevant. That said, leave the wild animals alone.

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  2. Believe it or not, I know at least 7 people in person; who tried their level best to first collect hundreds of scorpions and then export the same to specific countries (not quoting the names here..either of the personnel or the places of INTEREST); though none of them succeeded in the end. Wanna know the reason…their entire ‘collection’ was rejected by the buyers; claiming ‘No no, these are undersized or underweight ones.’

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