Dear friends of the rainforests,
Often overlooked in the shadow of its larger cousin, the tiger, the fishing cat is feeling the heat. Humans are closing in on its habitat, draining and polluting marshland and clearing the mangrove forests it needs for survival.
Poachers hunt the cats with relative impunity while local officials seem oblivious to their endangered status. Ajith Kumar of India’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) warns: “If killing continues like this, the species would become extinct very soon.”
Please tell the West Bengal Forest Department to set up a dedicated Fishing Cat Protection Force and prosecute poachers to the full extent of the law.
Thanks for being involved,
Rainforest Rescue (Rettet den Regenwald e.V.)