The infamous civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton said on Thursday during his visit to Del Rio, Texas, “That Black Americans are being stabbed in the back by President Joe Biden,” as reported by the Washington Post.
The Post reported that in a telephone interview with Sharpton he said, “Joe Biden said on election night that Black America had my back, and I’ll have yours.” They also reported Sharpton said, “Well, we’re being stabbed in the back, Mr. President. We need you to stop the stabbing, from Haiti to Harlem. Biden is in a defining moment where he can either rise to the occasion or let down those that helped him get there.”
Sharpton called for an investigation into Border Patrol agents who allegedly abused Haitian migrants. “We want Border Patrol to be full investigated, we want those to be brought to justice and we want to see asylum given to those who deserve it,” Sharpton remarked.
Sharpton’s comments brought heckling remarks from several protesters, with one calling Sharpton a disgrace.
Sharpton was speaking out about the allegations that Border Patrol agents on horseback were whipping migrants, according to pictures that were circulating on media. But, photographer Paul Ratje, who took the pictures of the agents defending the border, said in an interview with KTSM that he did not see any agents whipping any migrants and that his photos have been taken out of context.
Several Border Patrol agents have told both Fox News and Townhall that agents are not issued whips and the alleged whips are actually horse reins. One agent explained the reins are swung in the air to deter migrants from getting too close to the horses, which could trample and injure migrants. The agents explained this is a technique how they and the horses are trained, and is normal procedure aligned with their training.
More than 4,000 wild cheetahs have been documented in the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) since 2010, putting their current wild population at less than 7,000 today – half of their 1975 population. (Photo: Brian Mckay, Flickr)The price on the black market? Up to US$1 million.
Published: 27 September 2021
Written by Henry Pope
Cheetah trafficking rates by sea from East Africa to Yemen reportedly increased by 58% between March 2020 and February 2021; once captured by poachers, these spotted cats are predominantly destined for the palaces of royalty and wealthy families in the Middle East and South-East Asia.
More than 4,000 wild cheetahs have been documented in the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) since 2010, putting their current wild population at less than 7,000 today – half of their 1975 population – according to a black market brief by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GITOC).
With the cheetah’s wild population steadily decreasing, in large part due to the IWT preying on their cubs, the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List has classified the species’ status as ‘Vulnerable’.
Cheetahs are only found in the wild throughout East Africa and the Horn. Their limited natural habitat zones, combined with their poor breeding rates in captivity, makes the illegal capture of wild cheetah cubs a serious concern for their survivability as a species.
Approximately 300 cheetahs are illegally removed from their habitats each year, according to GITOC; this represents an annual loss of over 4% of their total population.
According to the so-called Washington Convention – a multilateral agreement between almost all UN member states on the protection of the species – the trade of cheetahs “must be subject to particularly strict regulation and authorized only in exceptional circumstances.”
This means that legally, they can only be internationally transported to zoos, breeders, educational or training facilities, or to habitats suitable for their re-introduction into the wild.
After being poached, some cheetahs are suspected of being transported through legal channels but with fraudulent microchips and documentation, according to GITOC.
South Africa is where 4,300 of the remaining 7,000 wild cheetahs on Earth reside, although most facilities reportedly cannot track their individual movements. This complicates conservation efforts and exposes them to poachers and smugglers.
East Africa, however, is reportedly the primary region where cheetahs are abducted; they are then illegally shipped to the Arabian Peninsula, where exotic animals are regarded as status symbols. Young cubs are naturally less aggressive, making them more preferable.
Approximately 767 abductions have been reported across Ethiopia, Somalia, and Somaliland, according to GITOC. Over 70% of which – roughly 532 live cheetahs – are said to have originated from Somaliland alone.
It is noted in the brief, however, that the significance of Somaliland’s trafficking routes have been more thoroughly researched than that of other countries. This indicates that the total abduction count could be underreported.
The region’s extended coastlines and proximity to Yemen are said to make ideal smuggling routes for captured animals destined for wealthy families in the Gulf states.
During transport, captured cheetahs face conditions such as incredibly small confinements and prolonged periods with no water. Recovered cubs as young as two weeks have revealed signs of mistreatment and malnutrition.
It is estimated by GITOC that over 60% of captured cheetah cubs perish before reaching their destination to be sold on the black market.
The absence of dead adult females at the abduction sites implies that the cubs are taken after the mother hides them before setting out on a hunt.
Market demand for live cheetahs as pets reportedly remains strong. This complicates efforts to ensure their security and promote repopulation efforts in the wild.
Saudi dealers are said to sell the animals once they arrive through e-commerce and social media platforms. Accounts linked to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Kuwait have reportedly sold nearly 2,500 cheetahs in the past decade.
On the legal market, cheetahs are said to cost between $20,000 and $25,000. Though the king cheetah, having stripes on its back believed to result from a genetic mutation, can cost between $90,000 and $120,000.
These costs apply to breeding facilities, commercial zoos, and safari parks.
On the black market, however, the price is naturally far higher. In the UAE, a tame king cheetah can cost up to $1 million, according to the brief.
Considering the net decline of their population figures, and their sustained demand on the black market, there are concerns that the cheetah as a species is headed for extinction.
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My husband, combat veteran SSG Séamus Fennessy was a K9 handler with MSA Security (Owned by Perella Weinberg Partners “PWP”) for five years. During this time Seamus and his K9 partner Mattie worked exclusively with each other – Mattie never had another handler nor had Seamus had another dog. At the end of 2018 my husband informed MSA that he was going to serve his country on active military duty but would be local and still able to keep up with Mattie’s training. Since MSA had previously allowed handlers to keep their dogs in similar circumstances we had no reason to believe this would be different. Except it was. At the 11th hour only 2 days before my husband went on orders we were abruptly informed that Mattie would need to be returned and someone “would pick her up in the morning”.
Mattie was just shy of 7 years of age and nearing retirement when she was taken in January of 2019. As of her birthday, April 21st, 2021, she is 9 years old and still working, far away from home. The average lifespan of a Labrador Retriever is 12 years.
MSA & PWP have callously torn our family member, our beloved “Mattie Cakes,” from her family who loves and adores her. While our daughters and myself could hardly contain our tears, my husband remained strong despite a barrage of phone calls and texts from MSA which included threats of destroying his military career.
My husband is a veteran and decorated war hero – and in the words of MSA themselves a “great employee”. Mattie is a goofy, lovable pooch who adores playing with the kids in our backyard and napping on the sofa. Neither deserve this treatment.
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