EATEN TO EXTINCTION?
From French restaurants to Asian market stalls, people's appetite for frogs' legs is helping to drive the amphibians to extinction, says an international team of researchers. The global trade in frogs for food has risen to at least 200 million a year, and perhaps as many as 1 billion. "Amphibians are already the most threatened animal group . . . man's massive appetite for their legs is not helping," said Corey Bradshaw of the University of Adelaide in Australia. The team's paper will be published online in the journal Conservation Biology.