Call to Protect Wildlife
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2006/01/13; January 13, 2006.]
AMARAVATI: The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) stall here at Kalachakra venue is drawing enthusiastic response from the Tibetans of both India and abroad. This was part of The Tibetan Conservation Awareness Campaign (TCAC) initiated by Dalai Lama early this year.
According to TCAC project officer Passang Lama Bhutia it was intended to create awareness among the Tibetans and people from Himalayan region about wildlife conservation, especially to curb poaching and trade in endangered species like tiger and leopard.
Chiru is one of such species which is being killed for wool to make Shahtoosh shawls. "To make one shawl it needs the wool of three chirus," she said. Chiru, is a Tibetan antelope which fetches good price because of its rich wool and the Indian Government has long ago banned killing of chirus, she added.
Dalai Lama has been very vocal in his speeches and teachings during Kalachakra to stop this trade, she said.
Bhutia hails from Kalimpong of West Bengal and is assisted by a young Tibetan environmental researcher Tsering Dorjay.
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