Spotlight on cheetahs in the illegal pet trade

by Meredith Hanel, guest writer “As long as there is a demand by the rich, creating a lucrative trade for the poor, the cheetah’s future hangs in the balance”. These words by CNN’s Jomana Karadsheh succinctly captured the crux of the matter in her story on cheetahs in the illegal pet tradein the Horn of Africa,

Focusing the World on the Illegal Pet Trade

The illegal pet trade has become a growing threat to cheetahs in the wild. While their skin and bones have been trafficked for traditional medicine and fashion, the trafficking of very young cheetah as pets has become disturbingly prevalent. CCF estimates that approximately 300 cheetahs are smuggled out annually from northeast Africa to become someone’s