Operation Cat Tale sheds light on illegal ocelot trade

Today's top story tells the fascinating tale of Operation Cat Tale, a year-long investigation into illegal ocelot trading that has so far resulted in nine arrests across several U.S. states. The ocelot is one of the rarest feline species, with somewhere between 70 and 100 critters still left in the wild in the United States, and just a few hundred worldwide.

Full story: Arrests put focus on ocelot trafficking.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service press release

Related article: "The Last of the Ocelots in the United States"

An interesting aspect to this case: several of the defendants -- including a temple devoted to the goddess Isis -- say their actions were intended to preserve the ocelot, and that the Endangered Species Act as it exists is not enough to protect this rare species.

Related link: Ocelots at the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary

So, what do you think? Are there really two sides to this story?