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Ecological effects of the frog's legs trade

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The author reviews the trade in frogs from India, conducted to provide a culinary delicacy in frogs' legs for the West. Excessive harvesting of frogs upsets the ecological balance in their natural habitats and increases the need for extensive use of insecticides, with consequent additions to both pollution and costs.

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Dr G.M. Oza is Reader in Botany in the Faculty of Science at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He is also General Secretary of the International (formerly Indian) Society of Naturalists (INSONA), and Founding Editor ofEnvironmental Awareness. He serves as a Member of the Commission on Ecology and the Commission on Education and Training of IUCN — the World Conservation Union. This paper was first submitted for publication in 1986.

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Oza, G.M. Ecological effects of the frog's legs trade. Environmentalist 10, 39–42 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02239556

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  • India
  • Environmental Management
  • Nature Conservation
  • Natural Habitat
  • Ecological Effect