When Cats and Dogs Aren’t Enough

Fight for Rhinos


This is Little Mo. She was just a few months old when poachers killed her mother and stole her from the wild. These ruthless wildlife traffickers wanted Born Free Foundationto sell the cheetah cub as a ‘pet’ in Somaliland, East Africa.

Mo is one of millions of countless big cats, and other endangered animals who are part of the exotic pet trade.

US Exotic Pets

The illegal trade is a $15 billion dollar business in the United States alone, with breeders and dealers selling animals over the Internet or in trade magazines. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 exotics live in “backyards” all across the US.

While some exotic pets have been bred in captivity, many are plucked directly from their natural habitats. The stress of being violently removed from their homes causes some animals to die before they ever reach a private residence.

pet tiger

Amazingly, the Endangered Species Act does not prohibit…

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3 thoughts on “When Cats and Dogs Aren’t Enough

  1. And yet another sweet face! I’m so glad she has been rescued from a horrible fate and is doing well. You know, I think we could probably trace most, if not all, the ills of the world to money! These animals would never be sought after in this way if greed weren’t involved. And for hunters it’s all about ego and showmanship.
    Again, the old, why the heck can people not be creative instead of being destructive. This is another bittersweet story, Amelia. Blessings, Natalie

    • Indeed, a lovely face, Natalie, but the look in her eyes says it all. How on earth do you stop people being greedy, though. In my opinion, greed, cruelty and lack of compassion are inherent. In these cases it is not about education or poverty. The only thing to do is lock them away for a very long time and fine them in such a way they lose everything. Some paltry sum or short prison sentence is just not enough. But, at least Mo’s story ended well. Thanks again for dropping by, Natalie

      • Sadly, Amelia, greed is one of the 7 seven deadly sins in this world and I don’t know that anybody will ever find a way to stop it. But we can each do our part to bring as much compassion and kindness and understanding to as much of the world as we can. It’s like the lady who was throwing starfishes back into the sea that had washed in on the tide and were left to die there in the hot sun. When asked by an onlooker why she was doing what she was doing because there was no way she could make a difference for all of them, she replied that she had at least made a difference for the ones she could find. Life is what it is and we can’t change what it is, but we can make a difference in our corners of the world with the talents we have been given. Blessings, Natalie

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