A new online trophy hunt in Australia has emerged in the form of an “online trophy hunt”.
It involves taking a photo of a snow leopard and posting it to the online community trophyhunt.com.au, which then charges up to $1,000 for the trophy, and a similar amount for a real animal.
The online trophyhunt website says it is the only online hunting site that allows people to hunt the endangered species of snow leopards, which are critically endangered in Australia.
In fact, the snow leo is critically endangered and could be extinct by 2060.
The Snow Leopard Conservation Society said it is concerned about the online hunting, saying it would be an illegal and unethical business model.
“The Snow Leopard conservation society is concerned that the online trophy hunting industry would be operated on the basis that a snow Leopard is a legitimate trophy,” Snow Leopard Specialist Sue Campbell told ABC Radio National.
The snow leos population has been falling in Australia, and has been listed as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
It is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, meaning the species is in danger of disappearing.
Snow leopids are considered the smallest of the big cats, which have a lifespan of only around 30 years.
Snow Leopard is the largest of the Snow Leopard family, with up to three species and around 20,000 individuals.
A video released by the Snow Leopids Society says the online auction could be “the biggest scam in Australia”.
“It’s a real scam, they’re putting up a website, but it’s a scam,” Snow Leo Specialist Sue C Campbell told 9NEWS.
“They’re trying to raise the money so they can get a trophy, but then they’re asking for the money to buy a real Snow Leopard.”
“It doesn’t make any sense.
It’s really disappointing that someone would put their name and their name’s on this scam.
It makes no sense at all,” Snowleo Specialist Susan Johnson said.
Snow Leos are endangered in the wild, and are currently listed as a threatened species by the Commonwealth.
It has been estimated there are just 1,000 Snow Leops left in the world.
The Australian Snow Leopard Society said in a statement that the SnowLeopids website was “a scam”.
“This is a real fraud, it’s an online scam and we’re not going to stand for it,” the Snowleos said.
“There’s no place for that kind of behaviour in Australia.”
The SnowLeo Conservation Society is calling on all Australians to be aware of the risks associated with this scam and to contact the SnowLemorp Conservation Society to report any online scam.
The Society is also urging Australians to take action to protect their species from this online hunting scam.
“Snow leopes are critically important for Australia and the world, we need them to survive,” SnowLeot Conservation Society spokesman Chris Hogg said.