Guardian: Cheetah smuggling driving wild population to extinction

Illegal cheetah trade

An Asiatic cheetah in Miandasht wildlife refuge in Jajarm, northeastern Iran. Fewer than 100 Asiatic cheetah remain in the wild. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

Rising demand for luxury pets in the Gulf states taking gruesome toll as two-thirds of snatched cubs are dying en route

The rising trade in cheetahs for luxury pets in the Middle East is helping to drive critical populations of the wild cats to extinction, according to new research. The report also reveals the gruesome toll of the trade, with up to two-thirds of the cheetah cubs being smuggled across the war-torn Horn of Africa dying en route. However, the nations at both ends of the trade have now agreed that urgent action is needed.

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