This stuff is depressing. Let's not post any more "pet" otters.
>An Instagram-fuelled craze in Japan for keeping otters in cafes and as pets is driving a deadly surge in poaching the animals from the wild – driving them to the brink of extinction, investigators say.
>Many members are customers of the organised networks of farmers, hunters and traffickers who steal cubs from the wild, killing the parents to capture the babies, according to World Animal Protection (WAP), which carried out the investigation.
>In Indonesia hunters use dogs to track down dens, then shoot, electrocute or smoke the parents out.
>Not only is the trade cruel because the stolen otters are given unsuitable homes, diets and surroundings, but worse – it is driving down populations of the species, according to the investigators.