Tiger-Skin Market in Tibet Flourishing – Gavin Rabinowitz

 Content Articles 2006 09 27 Ap International D8Kdh2So0

From AP via Casper Star Tribune:

Environmentalists accused India and China in a stinging indictment Wednesday of doing almost nothing to stem the rapid decline of in the wild, saying the big cats will likely vanish completely within a few years without government intervention.

Trade in poached Indian tigers is flourishing across the border in Chinese-controlled Tibet, where organized crime groups sell them for use in traditional medicines, ceremonial clothing and as souvenirs, according to two environmental agencies, which secretly photographed the trade.

Photos shown at a news conference Wednesday showed dozens of tiger and leopard skins openly on sale, while in others, Chinese police officers laughed and posed with people wearing clothing made of tiger skins.

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