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Hidden Cost of Frog Legs

Tropical biologist Navjot Sodhi explains that man is eating some frog species to extinction, and how a certification system could keep them from croaking.
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One billion animals and counting: the hidden cost of frog legs.

Frog legs are eaten all over the United States and Europe, but keeping all of those legs on the plate is wiping out tropical frogs. Dr. Navjot Sodhi, a tropical biologist and professor at the National University of Singapore, talks about the hidden international trade in frog legs.

Astonishingly, in Indonesia alone, at least one billion frogs a year - and rising - are hunted out of forests to support the international frog leg industry. Sodhi also discusses the new frog leg certification system that will be needed to keep untold numbers of frog species from being driven to extinction.

Music for Curiouser and Curiouser is provided by Jamie Miller and by David Matheson.

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