The “soft gold” of Tibet…

These animals are dying out.

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And all because the lady loves Shahtoos!!

The exceptionally fine subcutaneous tissue of the Tibetan antelope isolates it against the harsh climate of the Tibetan plateau.

Unfortunately, this coat, known as Shahtoosh, also makes the Tibetan antelope a target for illegal hunters. Last week, two Chinese “tourists” were arrested for smuggling the fur of this endangered Tibetan antelope at Delhi airport, for which they could have earned a “nice” price at home! Estimated value of “Shahtoosh scarves”: 574,000 US dollars!!  They now face a prison sentence of 7 years!!

Trading in “Shahtoosh scarves” is strictly prohibited by international law, but it can be quite profitable on the black market. Customs officials confiscated 15 scarves, valued at $ 574,000, from women’s checked baggage.

The men weaving the coveted Shahtoosh take months to make a single cloth. After that they need a long time to restore their eyesight. The scarf is a typical symbol of wealth in the world: wool is more valuable than gold or platinum. While it costs the eyes of the weaver, the rich in Europe are willing to pay thousands of euros to own a Shahtoosh scarf.

The sale and possession of Shahtoosh scarves is prohibited in India and many other countries

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The incident prompted the Chinese embassy in New Delhi to exhort Chinese visitors to the country to obey the laws of the country and not purchase Shahtoosh scarves.

The Tibetan antelope, also known as Chiru, has long been hunted for its undercoat, known for its quality and traditionally transported to Srinagar, where it is made into an extremely fine fabric for scarves. Three to five skins are needed to make a single cloth. Since the wool can not be sheared or combed, the animals must be killed.

The Tibetan antelope is now extinct in Nepal and only about 75,000 – 100,000 live on the border between China and India in the Himalayas.

Since 1975, Shahtoosh trade has been prohibited under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). High prices are therefore achieved on the black market. Every year, up to 20,000 Tibetan antelopes are killed to meet the demand for Shahtoosh cloth among wealthy buyers outside of India.

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The ultimate reason for the drastic decline of antelope is human greed.

Poachers kill the animals for skins because the exceptionally fine and soft undercoat can be woven into a luxury scarf – Shahtoosh. Illegal poachers smuggle the fur, called “soft gold”, usually to Nepal and India and finally to countries like Italy and France. In addition, the pitch-black antlers of male antelopes are used for Chinese healing arts. Their heads serve as a trophy, making antelope a target for illegal hunters and smugglers.

Chiru are often caught and slaughtered in Tibet. Their hair is then smuggled to North India by Tibetan and Nepalese traders. Production then takes place in regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, where many local craft and textile communities rely on the home industry.

Murder as a sign of prosperity ..
Murder as a status symbol.
Murder as possession of a natural rarity that costs the lives of a thousand defenseless animals.

Cruelty, criminal energy and barbarism are the modern basic instincts of our society.

My best regards, Venus

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