Feeding Russia's and China's Fur Fixation, American Trappers Make a Killing with Bobcat Pelts - rising pelt prices fueled a 50 percent increase in California bobcats killed in 2012 compared with the previous year, resulting in 1,813 bobcats taken from the wild.
Why Wild Animals Should Not be Props for Your Travel Photos... These animals have often been illegally poached from the wild after being torn away from their mother, with her being killed in the process. They then have their teeth ripped out and are declawed in an attempt to make them less threatening, before finally being kept in squalid conditions so they can be used as a tourist attraction. For every wild animal caught and sold for the photo prop trade, 50 die in the process.