Monday, March 14, 2011

Will Mongolia End Hunting of Snow Leopards?

The Snow Leopard Network has asked the Mongolian government to cancel permission for hunting the highly endangered species, local media reported on Saturday.

The global network, in a letter, requested that the government help ensure the conservation of the snow leopard, adding that the international community was against any Mongolian license to hunt the animal.

The Mongolian government last week allowed foreign nationals to hunt four leopards for research purpose in 2011. The letter said the snow leopard is facing extinction, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature categorizes it as Endangered. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora also lists the snow leopard on its Schedule I, thus making illegal any international trade in the animal or its body parts, the letter said. There are many ways to conduct scientific research on the endangered species rather than by hunting, the letter said. Snow leopards live between 3,000 and 5,500 meters above sea level in the rocky mountain ranges of Central Asia. According to a survey conducted in 2009 and 2010, there are more than 1,200 leopards in Mongolia.

4 comments:

  1. Why is the government of Mongolia wanting this now?
    What type of research are they talking about? Seriously, why are we always taking advantage of the small amount of nature we have left in the world.

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  2. Dianne Elizabeth "A Gaurdian for the Animal KingdomMarch 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    The few extraordinary humans left on this earth that are trying desperately to save the Earth's wildlife are unfortunately fighting a losing battle. It has all been set in motion a long time ago, and we can't stop it. You can't stop HUMAN GREED... The Root to All Evil. Using the animals (we are supposed to be sharing this earth with)as a Means to an End has to be the greatest crime of all humanity. Eventually all the animals great and small will disappear from this planet. The humans will pay the ultimate price in the end, but until then we can only watch in horror and complete dispair at what mankind is capable of doing, not only to the animal kingdom but to himself. I once read that "a country can be judged morally on how it treats the animals". Shame on Mongolia!!!

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  3. Naranjo Gato of AustraliaMarch 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Now the humans in Mongolia are turning AGAINST the Snow Leopards. If it's not the Snow Leopard it's the whales, if it's not the whales it's the tiger, if it's not the tiger it's the gorillas, if it's not the gorillas... Does it really matter what animal the human chooses to dispose of however and whenever they like? And for what.... temporary monetary gain? We must ask ourselves this question... When the animals are all gone and we can only see them in photos and picture books... what then? What will become of us then. EXTINCTION IS FOREVER!

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  4. Mongolia, are you stupid or just plain ignorant? How can hunting and killing, save the Snow Leopard? IT NEEDS TO STAY ALIVE IN ORDER TO MULTIPLY, IDIOTS!!!!

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