Here are photos of fur plates made from leopard cats, found on the home page of a fur marketer which advertises fur on Google’s search pages and ad network.
(Note: The URL in the photo is NOT a Google AdWords client, but their skin trade products are being promoted via Google’s advertising platform which is being used by the fur marketer.)
And this is a photo (not from a Google client) of a leopard cat in the wild:
Here are some links about leopard cats:
- CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (NOTE: The Chinese producer of the fur plates you see above admitted to us via email that they do NOT possess a CITES export permit for the hundreds of skins they have in stock. Nevertheless, they are still advertising the skins online via English-language pages targeted at overseas buyers.)
- wikipedia entry
- natural history museum of los angeles
- big cats online
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species states that leopard cats of the subspecies sold by this producer are covered under CITES Appendix II.
Here’s what the CITES says about export permits:
An export permit or re-export certificate issued by the Management Authority of the State of export or re-export is required.
An export permit may be issued only if the specimen was legally obtained and if the export will not be detrimental to the survival of the species.
A re-export certificate may be issued only if the specimen was imported in accordance with the Convention.
The folks providing the hundreds of leopard — the very same skins you see in the photo above — admitted to us that they DO NOT HAVE an export permit.
Does this suggest the “specimens” were not “legally obtained”? While we can’t make any conclusive statements about this, we do know for certain they themselves — folks in the business of selling their leopard skins online — do not have such a permit.
So, why can’t they produce a legal export certificate?