Stop sharing to save the otters
The Animal Protection Association in the world says that the community can save the species by stopping its trade. However, they cannot say stop is to stop when the otters fever has not shown signs of cooling down on social networks.
You can find more than 686,000 hits with the “otter” hashtag on several apps. CartelTheOtter and Ponchan918 regularly share photos and videos of their pet-raised otters with nearly 300,000 followers.
Stopping the sharing of cute images of a captive otter can contribute to reducing the trade of the animal.
Cassandra Koenen, head of the World Animal Protection campaign, sees a pretty clear connection between social media posts and the explosion of otters in Japan.
“Images of otters appeared on the internet and were shared by many popular accounts. This has prompted the popularity of buying and selling them as pets,” argues Koenen.
Asian small clawed otters are listed as endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to this organization, the number of otters is decreasing to an alarming level. If the current situation cannot be changed, the extinction of the Asian small-clawed otters will only be a matter of time.
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