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New Campaign Targets Snares in Effort to Save World's Big Cats


Animals  (tags: abuse, animalcruelty, animals, animalwelfare, humans, protection, wildlife, wildanimals, cruelty, endangered, animalrights, cats )

Cal
- 1150 days ago - news.mongabay.com
When one thinks of the hazards faced by the world's charismatic great cats--habitat loss, poaching, human-wildlife conflict--one doesn't usually think of snares. But countless felines are killed and injured by snares across Asia and Africa.



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Vicky P. (476)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 4:28 pm
great
 

Nancy Roussy (79)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 5:36 pm
Signed as for a donation I'd love to but can't and noted, thank you!
 

Susanne R. (249)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 7:45 pm
The author states: "Currently all of the world's nine big cat species (including two species of clouded leopard) are considered threatened with extinction, except the cougar. "

Governments need to create strict laws to protect these endangered animals and an effective means of enforcing those laws. The alternative is extinction, and that shouldn't be an option.
 

Andrea Nemec (213)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 1:32 am
Noted and signed! Thanks!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 4:27 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 5:01 am
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

VĂ©ronique L. (209)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 6:20 am
Noted and signed!
 

Sandi C. (230)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 6:31 am
thanks.
 

pam w. (139)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 9:04 am
Good! Thanks
 

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 10:15 am
Noted.
Thanks
 

Patricia E. G. (64)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 12:11 pm
BAN THOSE SNARES FOREVER !!
I blame People and APP!
Food is hard to find but not at the cost of losing the Big Cats!
Asian Pulp and Paper will go to extremes for the Logging Industry.
They should be put out of Business!
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 1:44 pm
noted thanks love that site
 

samantha l (0)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 3:53 pm
Noted
 

michelle m. (41)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 4:04 pm
Signed
 

Gillian M. (218)
Wednesday June 6, 2012, 6:00 pm
Of course I think of snares & traps. The Chinese must have dried monkey bollocks for their old men to be "active" and, even more importantly, tiger whiskers etc because we all know that the race would die without them! In fact, dead big cats are worth a fortune to the poachers who are willing to kill and be killed to poach in every country that has cats, rhinos, elephants, lemurs et al. For all of these risks they may receive the equivalent of a few month's salary, maybe even a year's!

Also remember that animals for whom the trap is not intended, also get caught, and suffer. The traps are not checked regularly and animals can die from thirst or be unable to defend themselves. They have also been known to gnaw off limbs in their desperation to escape.

The police in every country, world wide, must stop thinking of these as "just animals" and recognise that their entire way of life is in danger of being destroyed. The loss of an important part of the ecosystem will and does have serious knock on effects.They must invest more time and manpower into an international crime syndicate which sells endangered species to drug lords, the Chinese or to collectors. Many of these animals will die in transit for various reasons including babies taken from murdered mothers, disease, shock, suffocation, thirst or neglect. I believe that the survival rate is somewhere inbetween 1 in 10 or 1 in 20 although with tortoises packed in on top of each other, it is as low as 1 in 100.

With birds, I have heard of bamboo splinters poked into the trachea so that it dies a long lingering death and making the buyer buy another bird to replace it.

The additional issue that has recently come to light is that viruses are being transported across the world and a major epidemic if not pandemic may arise from pathogens in monkey meat. Another issue, which did cause tremendous issue,s was the importation into Africa of diseased cattle from Europe. The African cattle had no resistence to this and died and then the big cats, the hyenas, hunting dogs other predators and scavengers ate the dead cattle and also died. This had a tremendous impact on lions which are already becoming endangered with the loss of environment and hunting.

I can continue but it is a crime of indifference and another of greed that is causing this world wide problem to escalate to the extent that I believe that the tigers will become extinct in the wild within 20 years unless we are very lucky with at least 3 or 4 sub-species becoming extinct within 10 years. There are other big cats such as leopards, jaguars and cheetahs but they stand little chance of survival either.
 

Rachel D. (57)
Thursday June 7, 2012, 4:48 am
http://www.panthera.org/action-center/remove-a-snare

Seems like a worthy cause to donate to
 

Past Member (0)
Friday June 8, 2012, 6:43 am
Noted.
 
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