Both subspecies of Prionailurus Rubiginosis and some subspecies of Prionailurus Bengalensis (P.b.) are endangered. Habitat encroachment is a contributing factor in that struggle. An ALC needs between two and four kilometers to range to find sufficient food sources. Even something as simple as a road can be an extreme hazard as motorized vehicles kill many animals. Some agricultural practices such as field burning eliminate another portion of the wild populations particularly in the Phillipines where sugar cane are burned annually.

The fur trade has also been very hard on P.b., it takes fifteen cats to make one single fur coat. China has gone so far as to require items using P.b. fur to be contained in a national inventory databaase. It is estimated that 800,000 animals have been used in the products represented in that database.

As a result of these and other issues all subspecies of P.b. are monitored by CITES even if they not considered endangered. There was a time when I noted which subspecies were endangered on this web site, then I discovered the information was being used by animal brokers to keep their paperwork "clean" of CITES problems by falsifying subspecies information. I no longer put that information out so it cannot be misused.


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