Exotic Pets: Illegal Trade Brings Cheetahs To Brink Of Extinction

Written by Wes Walker on September 24, 2019

There are currently 300 wild cheetahs in the Horn Of Africa, but three-quarters of their cubs are smuggled away by poachers, which could drive them into extinction.

Would the internet outrage mob care more about this issue if hunters were shooting the cubs for their pelts, instead of cub-napping them?

It would be bad enough if they were stolen away and sold. But some of those cubs don’t even live long enough get sold. Those that DO tend to have a short and miserable life.

Cheetahs are at risk of dying out in eastern Africa because their cubs are being stolen and sold to wealthy Arab men as pets, it has been claimed.

Dr Laurie Marker, of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, told Mail Online that up to three quarters of cubs born to wild cheetahs in the Horn of Africa each year are being taken and sold to smugglers.

She believes that if action is not taken to end the trade, then the animals could die out within the next two years.

Videos and images posted on Instagram and uncovered by Mail Online reveals how wealthy owners in Saudi Arabia and the UAE flaunt the big cats as status symbols, driving around with the animals in their cars and posing with them at home.

Source: DailyMail

…Some 300 young cheetahs are trafficked out of Somaliland every year — around the same number as the entire population of adult and adolescent cheetahs in unprotected areas in the Horn of Africa, according to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF).
The trend is of “epidemic proportions,” according to CCF, an organization devoted to saving cheetahs in the wild. At the current rates of trafficking, the cheetah population in the region could soon be wiped out.
“If you do the math, the math kind of shows that it’s only going to be a matter of a couple of years [before] we are not going to have any cheetahs,” said Laurie Marker, an American conservation biologist and founder of CCF.
Somaliland is the main transit route for cheetah-trafficking in the Horn of Africa. The animals are smuggled across Somaliland’s porous border, then stowed away in cramped crates or cardboard boxes on boats and sent across the Gulf of Aden towards their final destination: the Arabian Peninsula.

…There are less than 7,500 cheetahs left in the wild, according to CCF. Another 1,000 cheetahs are being held captive in private hands in Gulf countries, CCF estimated, where many are bought and sold in illegal online sales.
…The overwhelming majority of these cheetahs end up in Gulf Arab mansions, where Africa’s most endangered big cats are flaunted as status symbols of the ultra-rich and paraded around in social media posts, according to CCF and trafficking specialists.
Source: CNN

What happens to Cheetas in captivity?

For cheetahs, a life in confinement can be deadly, if the journey doesn’t kill them first. Many of the smuggled cubs arrive in the Gulf with mangled and broken legs after a rough journey. Three out of four cheetahs die during the trip, according to Marker.
As the world’s fastest land mammal, cheetahs need space to run and a special diet. Most Gulf owners do not know how to care for the cats, and the majority of captive cheetahs die within a year or two, experts told CNN.
Source: CNN

And this, right here, is the difference between HUNTERS and POACHERS.

The anti-hunting activists blur the lines between them but they are — truly — nothing alike.

Responsible hunters take great care to work within the limits of conservation management with an eye to the health of the overall population.

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