Filed under: Wildlife — Jodi Peterson at 10:52 am on Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Bobcat skins should be bought and sold in the global marketplace without restriction, say U.S. representatives of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). According to Greenwire, during the 14th annual meeting of CITES this week in the Netherlands, the U.S. will propose removing the North American bobcat from "an international list of endangered species protected by export and import controls":
They argue that traders generally prefer products from other large cats, and that populations of the bobcat, last calculated to range somewhere between 725,000 to over 1 million animals in the United States, are secure.
This proposal seems dangerously short-sighted, given the recent huge spike in demand for bobcat pelts in Asia, which is increasing trapping of the cats in the West (see our earlier blog entry on the subject here). And, looking abroad, another species potentially threatened by CITES changes is the elephant; some African countries are pushing to lift the ivory trading ban. But global trade must go on...