Fighting the Illegal Pet Trade
How We’re Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trafficking and Pet Trade
Tracking reported cases and sharing data with authorities
and the NGO Community
CCF monitors cases of illegal cheetah trafficking through news and direct reports, and has facilitated confiscations through the proper authorities whenever possible. Although geographically widespread, most of these reports involve the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Based on reports compiled by CCF, 74 cheetah cubs were reportedly taken for the illegal trade in 2011. In 2012, CCF learned of 116 cheetahs. The number has risen to 78 in the first 9 months of 2013. These numbers indicate that, anecdotally at least, poaching is increasing.
Advocating in stakeholder meetings to ensure live trade
issues are addressed in anti-wildlife trafficking efforts
CCF staff tracks the activity of international agencies and governments on this issue and attends stakeholder meetings when and where possible.
Opening dialogue in destination countries to address health
and well-being of cheetahs caught up in the trade, and potentially reduce demand.
CCF’s Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Marker, along with key staff, have visited destination countries several times, such as the United Arab Emirates, to establish relationships and share knowledge about cheetahs both in the wild and in captivity. The hope is that through better education and awareness, conditions for cheetahs caught up in the trade will improve and cultural norms can be shifted away from keeping cheetahs as pets.
What you can do
No matter where you live, you can have an impact and help fight the illegal pet trade and illegal wildlife trafficking.
Spread the word
Cheetahs (and other wild animals) don’t make good pets! Our desire to possess these animals is decimating their numbers in the wild and threatening them with extinction. We’re literally loving them to death!
Vote with your wallet
Don’t buy products that are derived from endangered animals or patronize the stores that sell them, even if you’re told the products are legally obtained.
Engage in responsible tourism
Many facilities in Africa and in other countries offer animal encounters. Before engaging in one of these opportunities, ask some key questions:
- Was this animal raised by its mother? If not, why not?
- Will this animal be released into the wild, and if so, is that process done using documented procedures?
- If this animal goes back into the wild, or onto a game reserve, is it going to be hunted?
- Is this animal part of a breeding program, and if so, for what purpose?
- What happens to this facility’s surplus animals?