Knock Knock…For Big Cats…can we work together to save them

Mystic White Leopard A 2008
Mystic White Lepard

By Valiant Date: Thursday, 24-Jul-2014
via email from Lida 1:00pm

I realize that normally I would address you
With a post of predictions and revelations…
And I will continue with that over time,
But for now I would like to do something
Different…

I appeal to you all to listen and help if you
Can. I understand times are difficult financially.
But that especially means it’s harder for those
Working nobly with charities to help the
Animals, people and the environment.

You especially, Big Brother, need to score big points
Since you are lacking with responsibility and
Excel in greed and hoarding money.

I’m conducting a charity auction here to
Help Big Cat, and I am asking you all to
Help as much as you can.
I am donating the artwork, 100% of all proceeds
Of which go completely to the cause,
I am keeping nothing.
I’m doing this for Shambala, a Big Cat
Sanctuary in Southern California run
By actress Tippi Hedren, of Alfred Hitchcock’s
“The Birds”. She along with a great staff of
Devoted lovers of animals work to save, protect and
Care for these great cats, as well as fight for
Their rights to be respected and not abused
Or neglected, or carelessly kept as pets when they
Should be honored as the noble wild predators they are.

Big Cats, lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars…
Have long captivated civilization with their
Majestic power and beauty…
Kept as pets by Kings and cults, their pelts have
Been equally treasured and worn by Royalty
Throughout the ages. And their body parts have
Long held mythical lore as remedies in a
Variety of cultures…But these Awesome Animals
Have rarely been respected to live their lives
Naturally and free without the abuse of men.
To this day they suffer in the wild and in
Captivity…when mistreated, or ruthlessly
Bred as products, like on Tiger Farms…
And many believe many of these great
Cats will go extinct in the wild within
The next 20 years.
What will the world be worth then?
What will that say about our civilization
If we allow them to suffer further this way?

Surely more advanced civilizations would frown
On us for this…if not as well as our future
Generations…who may never get to see a
Cheetah in the wild…or hear a tiger
Roar wild and free.

We need places and people like Shambala.
Now more than ever. Unfortunately the cost of
Caring for these animals is far from cheap,
Especially with the cost of living today.

I am asking everyone and anyone who
Enjoys my posts to help a little if you can
By visiting Shambala’s website

I realize times are hard and I’m not
Asking for anyone to donate a fortune, just
What you can to help them out.
The cost per month of feeding these animals
Above is astronomical right now and I believe
The need all the help they can get, especially
At this time.

That’s why I’m also donating my artwork,
The Mystical White Leopards – rare and mystical, the last
Of the Big Cat pieces I have. I’m asking
$2,000 for this drawing, full proceeds of which
Will go to Shambala. A best offer will also be
Considered. You may also check out Shambala
For future prints of my artwork of Big Cats
Available from them and through them only. If you don’t
See them, please write and ask them when they
Will be available.
But contact me, at the ’email me’ link above, about the purchase of
The Mystical White Leopards please, as I am doing this for Charity on
My own…to surprise them.

I normally wouldn’t do something like this
Here, but I felt it was important right now.
Plus, it’s good for the heart and soul to donate.
To help during tough times.
Nothing like scoring extra points with
Higher Powers upstairs for charity. ‘Wink’.

Next week, my posts will resume as normal
With current developments as right now I
Have been overwhelmed.

I will say that another cold front is coming
Within the next two weeks…stronger than before…
August should be interesting, that’s for sure.

Thank you for listening and considering what
I am asking of you all. I really appreciate
Your time and support.

That’s all for now.
Remember to visit Shambala’s website

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One thought on “Knock Knock…For Big Cats…can we work together to save them

  1. Cheetahs Are Being Wiped Out, and Selfies Are to Blame
    Takepart.com

    You know how some men will use their dogs to flirt with women? Well, in the Middle East would-be lotharios are doing the same with endangered cheetahs. The trend, intensified by social networks, has helped spur a rampant illegal trade in the big cat, driving some cheetah populations to extinction, according to a report issued by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, a treaty organization formed by governments to protect wildlife.

    Keeping cheetahs as pets is an ancient tradition in the Middle East, but ownership was once restricted to only the richest sheikhs. Today, the oil-rich region’s affluence has allowed more people to afford the cats, which can sell for $10,000. It is now less about tradition and more about looking cool with a cheetah riding shotgun in your sports car or posing on the bow of your speedboat, said Kristin Nowell, executive director of the Cat Action Network and the primary author of the CITES report.

    “There are hundreds [of] social media posts, including photos and videos of owners with their cheetah pets, and images taken by passersby of big cats cruising in cars or being walked on leash,” according to the report, which is illustrated with cheetah selfies young men have posted on Instagram.

    Most of this illegal trade comes from populations in the Horn of Africa, where about 2,500 of the world’s 10,000 remaining cheetahs live. Because cheetahs do not breed well in captivity, cubs are snatched from the wild before being smuggled to the Middle East. But the vast majority of the cubs—five out of six—die in transit because of improper care, the report said. (The African smugglers do not get the lion’s share of cheetah profits. They sell the cubs to middlemen for $300 or less.)

    This cub snatching has not been observed by conservationists, but Nowell said “one primary method would be for Somali or northeast African trackers to track a mother with young cubs and simply scoop them up.”

    Although cubs stay with their mothers for a year or two after birth, cheetah mothers don’t defend their cubs from big predators such as lions or humans. This means cubs can be stolen without having to fight or kill the mothers. “But the population suffers from the removal of juveniles, therefore threatening the viability of the whole population,” she said.

    Cheetahs already have a low population density because of high juvenile predation rates, so the spike in smuggling has made things worse for the cats.

    As a result of the new report, the CITES’ signatory nations have agreed to study the legal and illegal trade in wild cheetahs and assess its impact on wild populations.

    A workshop will address the illegal pet trade as well as ways to reduce the demand for cheetahs and cheetah products, such as skins. The workshop will be attended by representatives from the nations in which cheetahs live, those they are smuggled through, and the countries where they end up.

    Meanwhile, the United States has also taken steps to address the cheetah trade by including the cats in a recently announced national strategy to combat wildlife trafficking.

    “With such a substantial naval presence still in the Gulf of Aden, there is great deterrent potential if even a fraction of these resources could be directed against illegal wildlife trade,” said Nowell.

    For now, though, we can expect to keep finding photos and videos of men showing off their pet cheetahs and other big cats on Instagram and Facebook.

    Just don’t “like” them.

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