Thursday, 3 January 2013

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Little Mo was just a few months old when poachers killed his mother and stole him from the wild. These ruthless wildlife traffickers wanted to sell the cheetah cub as a ‘pet’ in Somaliland, East Africa (see pic right).
The illegal trade in wild animals is a big business and a big problem. This brutal industry is estimated to be worth billions of pounds each year, third only in value to weapons and drug trafficking.
And it's not just cheetahs. Terrs and Tuffa were so young when their mother was killed and they were put on sale, they still had their eyes shut. These brothers are caracals, rare and beautiful lynx-like wild cats, with reddish-brown fur and black ear tufts (see pic).
And still more. Ajee and Shalla are feisty young serval kittens - slender, spotted wild cats which have become increasingly threatened. The siblings were just weeks old when a farmer disturbed their mother and they were separated from her. Unless rescued, this brother and sister could have been sold as pets.
The trade in wild-caught animals as exotic pets is devastating. At the heart of this is the petrified orphan, stolen from the wild, bewildered and traumatised. The suffering is immense. Wild animals are extremely difficult to look after and never make good pets. For every ONE wild animal captured and sold as a pet it’s estimated that up to FIFTY are killed or die in transit. And 70% of wild pets will die in the first six weeks.
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