Population of Wild Cats and Dogs on the Decline

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Population of Wild Cats and Dogs on the Decline

From This Dish is Veg
July 2010

A new report conducted by a consortium of conservation groups including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Panthera and the Wildlife Conversation Society (WCS) reveals the unfortunate news that populations of big cats and rare canids are sharply declining due to a multitude of increasing threats.

The study, entitled “The Fading Call of the Wild”, specifically points out over-development of land and direct killing by poachers and other hunting for the steep drop in numbers of wildcats such as lions, cheetahs and snow leopards and wild dogs like the Ethiopia wolf and bush dog face.

The report also offers a solution to this growing crisis, calling for an increase in conservation resources and “swift” policy changes that would particularly result from the passage of the Great Cats and Rare Canids Conservation Act. The Act is being championed by a bi-partisan group of Senators including Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

The House passed the legislation by a two-thirds majority in April of 2009 and without a rapid response from the Senate the measure will expire later this year.

"Great cats and rare canids are currently suffering from a variety of threats and the positive impact from their protection will no doubt benefit them and many other species," said Jeff Flocken, DC Office Director, IFAW. "The Great Cats and Rare Canids Conservation Act offers viable and valuable methods to ensure a safe future for these majestic animals."

An excerpt from the report provides a glimpse of the findings:

See a full copy of the report here.