Originally published on July 28, 2014, at ForceChange.com
Target: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia; Xi Jinping, President of China
Goal: Stop the poaching and logging practices that are driving Amur leopards into extinction
Only a couple dozen Amur leopards survive in the wildernesses of China and Russia. Illegal poaching and forest logging are threatening to kill the last remaining Amur leopards. Without help from the Chinese and Russian governments, these rare and beautiful creatures will rapidly become extinct.
Poachers primarily hunt Amur leopards for their spotted pelts. They also poach animals that the leopards need to hunt as prey. By killing off their food supply, the Amur leopards will eventually starve to death.