31 October, 2020

Can't Hide The Stripes

The Indian tiger gets a macabre afterlife in Tibet

Can't Hide The Stripes

Got Money, Take Tiger is the new India-Tibet equation. This gruesome give-and-take was exposed this week at a screening in Delhi with film clips of the macabre afterlife of tigers. Not in India, but in Tibet. Where the bustling bazaars of Tibet have tiger and leopard skins piled in tall shaky stacks, strung up on clotheslines and peddled by salesmen, some of them Buddhist monks. This even as the Dalai Lama, sheltering in India, beseeches followers to recall Buddha's mahakaruna.

India's tigers becoming Asia's fashion victims was reported by Outlook (Thy Fearful Cemetery, May 9). Fresh evidence points at the rise in tiger skin sales with the sale of Tibetan chubas adorned with tiger, leopard and otter skins. This year's horse festival in Nagchu had chuba-wearers walking in a parade of animal skins. The footage came from a joint probe by the International Environmental Investigation Agency, EIA, and the Wildlife Protection Society of India, WPSI, from July to September 2005. Belinda...



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