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India Bans Export of Frog Legs

March 5, 1987

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ India banned the export of frog legs Thursday, saying the amphibians were more valuable as live predators of mosquitoes in India than as gourmet dinners elsewhere.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forests said the export ban, effective immediately, was to protect India’s dwindling frog population.

″There is conclusive evidence of the role of frogs in controlling agricultural pests and mosquitoes,″ the statement said.

It said that rising demand for frog legs had led to the killing ″of a very large number of frogs ... and a marked depletion of the population of frogs.″

To help enforce the export ban, the ministry said it was giving frogs ″a special status of protection″ under the nation’s 1972 Wildlife Act.

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