Saturday, July 23, 2011

Geckos For Sale

I've watched Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) earlier this night and I was very alarmed with one of their featured stories in the show. The topic was about geckos (Tuko) that were being sold everywhere in the Philippines even in the internet, specially in Facebook. I've seen a lot of sellers advertise their gecko merchandises, as pets and medicines (as what they believe), in Facebook and I'm not glad about it. They were sold according to their weight. They heavier the weight is, the higher the price. But as they sell in the internet, the prices grows more than double!

It is believed that these creatures help cure sickness such as HIV, AIDS (like what was said from the show) and most popularly, asthma. However, it was not proven by science and is not advised by the Department of Health. The DOH still recommends certain medicines to be taken by specific patients instead of geckos.

Although these creatures are yet far from extinction, we should still take good care of them or let them live in peace. In fact, they help in balancing our ecosystem like eating insects that pests crops. No matter how small or big their contribution is- their extinction, if ever they become extinct, will somehow affect our ecosystem which is a bad thing.   

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