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 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.

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

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