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DIIR releases a Documentary on Wildlife Protection

February 4, 2008

TibetNet
Friday, February 01, 2008

Dharamshala: The Environment and Development Desk (EDD) of the
Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) released
its second part of the documentary on wildlife in the Tibetan language.
As a part of the global campaign on Protection of Wildlife, EDD has
produced a documentary film, which was distributed during the huge
Kalachakra gathering in the South Indian town of Amravati in early 2006.

A year ago, the world was alarmed at the skin trade flourishing in Tibet
under the laxed law enforcement by the Chinese government. This has also
brought disgrace to the whole Tibetan community in and outside Tibet.
The traditional Chinese medicine consume far greater number of tiger
bones, but the photogenic Tibetan dress trimmed with animal skin has
drawn more global attention. Today there are only few Tibetans in Tibet
most of whom are government cadres still using animal skin. They are in
fact being forced by the higher Chinese authorities to do so if they
wish to keep their jobs. Most consumers in Tibet today are Chinese
tourists buying skins to decorate their houses or as a gifts to their
friends.

Since His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s advice, most people in Tibet have
shunned the practice of using animal skins such as tiger, leopard or
otter skins to trim their clothes.

This documentary contains the bold initiatives taken by the Tibetan
people in Tibet in the wake of His Holiness’ appeal and the subsequent
campaigns led by many animal lovers internationally. Such initiatives
from the Tibetan people in Tibet have received huge appreciation and
acknowledgement from international wildlife conservation organisations.

The need of the hour is to keep the momentum of the campaign going until
we are ensured that not a single Tibetan in the whole of Tibet wears
clothes adorned with animal skin and the demand and supply chain of the
skin trade is completely broken thereby completely stopping the poaching
of innocent animals globally.

Irrespective of whether a nation enacts law or not, protection of wild
life, so important to maintain the balance of our delicate ecosystem, is
in the interest of all humanity. All human beings on this planet have a
stake in saving the wildlife and the larger environment from total
extinction. We have to ensure that our posterity has a clean and a safe
environment to live in.

We hope this documentary will greatly help in further educating the
people and help in stopping the skin trade.
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