One of the growing threats to cheetahs is the illegal pet trade. In some parts of the world, cheetahs are considered a prestigious possession, and are available for sale through street markets and the internet. However, cheetahs don’t breed well in captivity and legal breeding facilities are unable to meet the demand. Very often, mother cheetahs are killed to obtain cubs for the illegal pet trade. CCF estimates that only about one in six smuggled cubs survive the process of being transported to a buyer due to malnutrition or inadequate treatment.
The proliferation of wild cheetah taken for the illegal pet trade is decimating wild populations. International collaboration is vital to addressing this threat, to raise awareness of the magnitude of the problem and to develop workable solutions that engage governments, international agencies, and preventative and enforcement authorities.
Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) has been an active participant in the fight against illegal wildlife trade since 2005 and is a founding member of the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking (CAWT), a voluntary public-private coalition.
CCF estimates about 300 cheetahs are illegally traded annually, coming mostly from the horn of Africa to Gulf States.
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