Stop The Illegal WILD Big Cats of Instagram Smuggled from Africa
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The Animals Friday Market in Kuwait is an open market where all the animals sold are from puppy mills, backyard volume breeders, stolen pets and smuggled exotic illegal animals. Needless to say their sellers do not really care about their well-being but instead about how much money they can make out of them. Those who don't make it through the day, are thrown into the garbage bin - dead or still alive ...
According to an article written by VICE, The Illegal Big Cats of Instagram, buying illegal wild animals in Kuwait is, as one local puts it, "as easy as acquiring a cupcake."
While this trend is becoming an increasing popularity contest the world over, our Instagram feeds globally are cluttered with photos and videos of wild exotic large cats, Lions, Cheetahs, Cubs and so much more. While obtaining a wild cat makes you an online celebrity, what we don't see in all of these photos and videos is more important than an individuals temporary internet fame. These exotic animals and large cats, Lions, Tigers, etc., are being stolen from Africa moments after birth in the wild, transported and sold to the highest bidder. They live in what some consider captivity, but not just any regular conservation captivity; they live in houses, mansions, boats, Maserati's and anything else the rich fancy to boast their ego for the day. These animals are treated as accessories, carried around in Louis Vuitton bags and USED for temporary internet fame.
We all understand how instagram works, and you are probably aiding and abetting these people and their criminal inhumane actions by simply following them on social media. After all, the main goal is social status, internet fame.
As we have seen in previous attempts to shut down human trafficking through other online outlets and web applications, they've claimed protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and avoided direct punitive action. Despite the fact that Kuwait and other Gulf states forbid the import and sale of wild animals this trend is running rampant.
So what can we do? First start by flagging every single wild large cat and animal video and photo on social media as inappropriate. Unfollow all of these people and block them from ever showing up in your feeds on every social media account. If we want to see direct effects of our actions we need to take direct action and stop this before it becomes out of control and decimates wild populations of big cats in Africa.
Remember, to individuals partaking in these cruel activities it is not about "loving" these animals, caring for these animals or even taking good care of them at all. It is 100% about fame and profit. If we don't put an end to this before the wildfire catches and becomes out of control, many innocent animals will be abused, murdered, captive, confused, tortured, hostile toward unknowing humans who pass by, become tourist attractions and so many more horrible things. They will eventually not be allowed to return to the wild, after being "domesticated" and sadly we will live to see the end of WILD large cats in Africa.
This article No longer king of the jungle: New fund to aid Africa's lions describes wild Lion sightings in Africa as so increasingly rare it has taken "researchers conducting a lion survey in the area two months before they spotted one of the big cats."
There are numerous reasons that the population of wild cats will be decimated in Africa, this is only one of them, a very large exponentially increasing reason, with little to no end in sight.
Wild animals belong in their natural habitat, untamed and untouched.
2: Report as inappropriate
3: Block individuals participating in these activities
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