Put aside climate change and habitat destruction for a moment. Frogs are facing a more mundane threat: our insatiable appetite for them.
David Bickford of the National University of Singapore and his team are calling for greater regulation of the global market for frog meat, in order to avoid species being “eaten to extinction” (Conservation Biology).
According to United Nations, global trade in frog meat has soared in the past 20 years. France and the United States are the two largest importers, with France importing between 2,500 and 4,000 tons each year since 1995. Indonesia exports more than 5,000 tons annually, mostly to Europe. Frogs’ legs are also very popular in Asian cuisine.