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Cheetahs Are Being Wiped Out, and Muslim Selfies Are to Blame


Green Lifestyle  (tags: Cheetahs, Middle East, Muslims, endangered, conservation, humans, protection, world )

Ge
- 87 days ago - takepart.com
A report says men in the Middle East are illegally buying the fast feline as status symbols. You know how some men will use their dogs to flirt with women? Well, in the Middle East would-be lotharios are doing the same with endangered cheetahs. The tr



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Ge M. (218)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 2:54 pm
A report says men in the Middle East are illegally buying the fast feline as status symbols.

You know how some men will use their dogs to flirt with women? Well, in the Middle East would-be lotharios are doing the same with endangered cheetahs. The trend, intensified by social networks, has helped spur a rampant illegal trade in the big cat, driving some cheetah populations to extinction, according to a report issued by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, a treaty organization formed by governments to protect wildlife.

Keeping cheetahs as pets is an ancient tradition in the Middle East, but ownership was once restricted to only the richest sheikhs. Today, the oil-rich region’s affluence has allowed more people to afford the cats, which can sell for $10,000. It is now less about tradition and more about looking cool with a cheetah riding shotgun in your sports car or posing on the bow of your speedboat, said Kristin Nowell, executive director of the Cat Action Network and the primary author of the CITES report.

“There are hundreds [of] social media posts, including photos and videos of owners with their cheetah pets, and images taken by passersby of big cats cruising in cars or being walked on leash,” according to the report, which is illustrated with cheetah selfies young men have posted on Instagram.

Most of this illegal trade comes from populations in the Horn of Africa, where about 2,500 of the world's 10,000 remaining cheetahs live. Because cheetahs do not breed well in captivity, cubs are snatched from the wild before being smuggled to the Middle East. But the vast majority of the cubs—five out of six—die in transit because of improper care, the report said. (The African smugglers do not get the lion's share of cheetah profits. They sell the cubs to middlemen for $300 or less.)
 

Stan B. (123)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 6:18 pm
Nothing surprises me any more about these cretins.
 

Natasha Salgado (538)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 6:43 pm
Disgusting. These MORONS should respect these beautiful animals+help ensure their survival--not buy them to keep as pets.
 

Billie C. (2)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 8:51 pm
muslims care only about killing doesn't matter what as long and some male thinks he looks good or at least strong. they have to make themselves look good since there is nothing about them that is decent or manly.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 10:35 pm
noted
 

Ana MESNER (205)
Sunday July 27, 2014, 11:44 pm
Thank you for pledging to become an anti-poaching advocate!






 

Danuta Watola (1205)
Monday July 28, 2014, 1:50 am
Noted
 

Hilary S. (45)
Monday July 28, 2014, 2:10 am
what is this other than egos out of control? adult humans who believe the world is made to bow to their pathetic desires do not deserve a place among us.
 

Winn Adams (193)
Monday July 28, 2014, 6:58 am
Noted
 

Bernard Cronyn (31)
Tuesday July 29, 2014, 4:21 am
Wealthy, immoral, compassion-less idiots on one hand and people out-breeding their limited resources who do not give a damn for their country or future on the other hand. The people of the Horn of Africa have little or no regard for human life let alone that of animals.
 
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