As children, we read about the world’s most magnificent animals from elephants, tigers, and bears but we never imagined a world without them. However, many of the same animals we read about in storybooks are now extinct, endangered, or being exploited. The cheetah is one such animal that has fallen victim to human greed. From habitat loss, climate change, and poaching, the subpopulation of cheetahs is at an all-time low.
According to a petition on Care2, another plight the cheetah has faced for thousands of years and is still facing today is the cruelty of the exotic pet trade. While the beauty and speed of the cheetah is an important survival attribute, the same impressive qualities are attracting people with money, who want to use them as a status symbol. This is wrong on so many levels.
Baby cheetahs are taken from their families and sold at auctions for thousands and thousands of dollars. And it doesn’t end there, they are then kept in cages and on chains … this is NOT how most of us ever imagined these innocent creatures. Admiring cheetahs and other wild animals in their natural habitats is far more satisfying than seeing them in these unnatural circumstances.
The United Arab Emirates has recognized the sad state of affairs for the cheetah and has recently banned the purchase and ownership of cheetahs, but there are still many other countries however that have not taken action. We need to use our voices, our power and stand up for these innocent animals by signing the petition and spreading awareness of what actually happens behind the doors of the cruel exotic pet trade. Cheetahs are already facing enough hardships without selfish people further exploiting them. Take action today … before it’s too late.
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