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February 21, 2006
DHARAMSALA: Hundreds of Tibetans on Monday huddled at the main square of Mcleodganj in this Buddhist pilgrimage town and set ablaze their attires made of skins of tigers, otters, foxes and other animals amid religious chants.
Five different Tibetan organisations participated in the event to invoke awareness on preservation of wildlife.
The event was organised two days after the screening of a video that showed mass burning of animal skins on the streets of Tibet as part of the movement to save endangered animals.
At the launch of the Tibetan Conservation Awareness Campaign of the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the Care for the Wild International in 2005, the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, had appealed to fellow Tibetans to save wildlife and shun the use of animal skins for dresses.
...Wildlife activists said on Monday's demonstration was perhaps the first of its kind in India.
An organiser of the demonstration said the use of skins of endangered animals by Tibetans was inspired by the Chinese consumerist culture.
"Tibetans have never used animal skins to such extravagance that it might have led to the extinction of a species," he said.