Protect the Clouded Leopard from Extinction

Target: John Sellar, Chief of Enforcement Support in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Goal: Enhance protection efforts for clouded leopards in Asia.

Although hunting is illegal in most Asian countries, the clouded leopard is already regionally extinct in Taiwan and more surrounding countries are losing track of the species’ existence. Please sign this petition urging government officials to establish anti-poaching units and protection areas for clouded leopards.

The clouded leopard is a coveted big cat named after its distinctive “cloud-like” markings. Clouded leopards can be found across Southeast Asia and the eastern Himalayas. The exact numbers of this secretive cat are not known, but they are in danger due to habitat loss and poaching. According to the World Wildlife Fund, “Deforestation in the tropical regions of Southeast Asia is the most serious threat to the clouded leopard. The species natural habitat has been fragmented and decreasing at a rate of 10% per year since 1997.” In addition to human encroachment, clouded leopards are also fighting a loosing battle against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.

Clouded leopards are widely hunted for their decorative pelt, unique teeth and bones, and for the traditional Asian medicinal trade. Proportionately, clouded leopards have the longest canine teeth of any living feline. Clouded leopard pelts have been seen on sale in markets in many Southeast Asian countries. They have even been featured on the menu of restaurants in Thailand and China that cater to wealthy tourists. Live leopards are sometimes traded as pets and claws and teeth are often used as decoration and in clothing.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade does not threaten a species survival. Clouded leopards are not receiving adequate protection on the boarders of China and Thailand where they are vulnerable to poachers and international buyers. CITES must work with local wildlife authorities to establish anti-poaching units and strengthen anti-poaching law enforcement. Protection areas must also be established and maintained to prevent complete extinction of clouded leopards.

Please sign this petition urging John Sellar, Chief of Enforcement Support in CITES to take action and save the clouded leopard from extinction.

PETITIONL LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sellar,

The clouded leopard is a unique and special species that must be protected in order to prevent further extinction. As the Chief of Enforcement Support for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), it is your job to protect the clouded leopard so as not to threaten their survival. The clouded leopard is already regionally extinct in Taiwan.

Clouded leopards are found across Southeast Asia and the eastern Himalayas. Their unique coat and teeth are often bought and sold in open markets as adornments for clothing and household decoration. Live leopards are traded as pets and, unfortunately, dead clouded leopards have been served in restaurants in Thailand and China for wealthy tourists to eat. Their distinct “cloud-like” pelt and record long teeth make them a constant target for poachers and international buyers.

Deforestation is also threatening the clouded leopard population in Southeast Asia. According to the World Wildlife Fund, “The species natural habitat has been fragmented and decreasing at a rate of 10% per year since 1997.” Human encroachment is also tightening the leopards’ land allowance, making a battle between cat and man.

Clouded leopards are not getting the protection they need and deserve on the borders of China and Thailand, where they are vulnerable to poachers and international buyers. CITES must work with local wildlife authorities to establish and enforce anti-poaching units and strengthen anti-poaching law enforcement. Please commit to preserving and protecting these endangered leopards before it’s too late.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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18 Comments

  1. The subspecies of clouded leopard on Taiwan, was just recently officially declared extinct. But a new subspecies was discovered last year in Borneo. Subspecies of clouded leopards are very vulnerable on insular habitats.

  2. Oscar Maya says:

    These beautiful creatures need to be saved!!!

  3. As usual, animal welfare is either very low or NON EXISTANT on the politicians` agenda. God help us if in time another species takes over from us!!

  4. These are God’s creatures made beautifully. Greed is one of the thing’s wrong today in are world. It’s inhumane to slain these beautiful tigers. The way humankind is going around destroying plant life , wildlife and the planet We live on, we will destroy ourselves. Were supposedly an hierarchy species so shouldn’t we act with common sense?

  5. Jennifer C. says:

    I signed! :)

  6. Lucifer archangel says:

    How dare you kill any predators!
    All predators are majestic both cat predators and dog predators
    I favor wild dogs over wild cats but there both equally important in nature.
    Nature is good but the only ones you should kill are pray and only for food.
    And do not nail there heads to a will and claim it as a trophy. Who can’t hunt we have advantage and for all of you that claim there pest should learn about nature

  7. karen raout says:

    Sauvez et protégez cet animal magnifique

  8. Signed and Shared…

  9. Rachel Bailie says:

    The clouded leopard is a mystical, almost legendary cat, and will become just a memory if this horrendous poaching and removal of its habitat is not officially outlawed. The world must take note of what is happening in southeast Asia, and do something. Surely conservationists can override sheer human greed and ignorance..money does NOT mean intelligence..nor does it mean that these “wealthy tourists” have a brain. They need to be educated, and the LAW must prevail…or there will soon be NO “tourist attraction”..DUHH!!! Get with the tour, morons!!

  10. Tony Prentice says:

    I believe the main reason we are loosing our battle to save our wildlife is because a lot of politicians are either involved and/or receiving backhanders to do nothing and/or don’t give a damn.

  11. Robert Phillips says:

    We must do whatever it takes to protect this and other endangered animals. Our lives depend on it.

  12. Darius Rose says:

    Always Asians that are killin, etc. wtf???? Whales, eating dog, bear, now this. Gimme a break!!!!sick!!!

  13. The biggest issue is how we can make this planet survive and thrive and live in peace with other animals. Humans all over – not only Asians or Africans or English or what ever have been contributing to the decline of our earth and hurting living beings. The worse abuse is farm animals right here in our own United States of America. We are destroying our planet and soon we will be extinct. The wealthy build hide-aways but no one will survive but the earth will survive. Maybe the future holds beings smarter and more altruistic than we are. Destruction and Abuse must Stop Now!!!!!!

  14. Scott Pardus says:

    As a Mammalogist with a M.S. I study and work with cats from all over the world. The clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa) is so very close to extinction from poaching, habitat destrction and habitat loss. The need is now to protect these cats, or they will soon become a mear memory. Do not let these cats slip from the mere numbers that are left. Act now to save these. The three subspecies of the clouded leopard are, Neofelis nebulosa brachyurus, “extint in Taiwan”. Neofelis nebulosa nebulosa and Neofelis nebulosa macroseloi. All of these cats are listed as vunerable to endangered. A stop must come to the hunting, poaching and habitat destruction now!! A call for National parks and land set aside for these cats and other animals now! Act now why there is still time to change the tide of extinction!

  15. It is very important to me that this big cat that is already endangered remains on the earth for all the generations to see and to learn about. Extinction is just not an option. These cats sere created by God.

  16. James Baron says:

    For the sake of biodiversity, and also for the sake of beauty and wonder in nature, I want all the large cats to avoid extinction. The clouded leopard is among the most beautiful and least dangerous to mankind. John Seller, please use all your influence and authority to preserve the clouded leopard.

  17. Por favor respetemos y cuidemos a los animales

  18. Sandra Amici says:

    We all need to protect all animals! We need to start executing all poachers so that people will start seeing how important animals are! Only when serious punishments are given to poachers, will they stop killing animals.

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