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Online outrage over officials at Party meeting in Tibet wearing endangered animal furs

January 23, 2015

  • Tibetan netizens have expressed outrage at images of some delegates to important Communist Party meetings in Lhasa this week wearing the pelts of protected wild species saying this goes against China’s laws.

  • There has been a cultural shift in Tibet against wearing wild animal pelts since the Dalai Lama made a call in 2006, sparking the burning of furs across Tibet thereafter. While this was described by conservationists as one of the single most successful initiatives against the illegal wildlife trade, the Chinese authorities responded in some areas by encouraging, or requiring, Tibetans to wear wild animal pelts in order to showcase ‘exotic’ Tibetan culture, in some cases as a deliberate political statement against the Dalai Lama.

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