A topic that I have repeatedly seen in headlines these past weeks is about the extinction of the Formosan Clouded Leopard in its natural habitat of Taiwan. Apparently, according to the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology’s Institute of Wildlife Conservation, the species might have actually started to have gone extinct years, maybe decades ago. Either way, its extinction is pretty much caused by poaching because of the patterns on its fur which bring great profits in the black market. As seen in this image, one might understand why its fur is so desperately wanted,
but is it really necessary to have to have a fur coat at the cost of ending the existence of a whole species?
The obvious answer in response to this tragic event is to stop the sale of fur coats. Instead, buy faux coats. They still look just as good, the only difference is that no animals are harmed or put in danger. This however does not just apply to clouded leopard coats, but to all kinds of fur coats including fox, lynx, etc.
The only relief for this species is that it has gone extinct in its natural habitat, but there are still some living in captivity such as conservation centers and reserves.
Let’s not let this wonderful species come to an end. Our actions can always help animals in need, and as I like to say: just bringing awareness to the issue can still help the cause. Have a good day!