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Kashmiris flout ban on shahtoosh shawls

The weaving of prized shahtoosh shawls, banned internationally to protect the Tibetan antelope they are made from, is still taking place secretly in Kashmir, according to a new survey.

Wednesday, 19 November, 2003, 12:00am

Dramatic exit

Crime takes a back seat in the heart-wrenching drama that has been built up to allow Jimmy Smits to quit NYPD Blue (Pearl, 8.30pm) tonight. There had been rumours that Bobby Simone would be killed off in the line of duty. But in the end creator Stephen Broncho opted for a more personal tragedy.

28 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Blitz planned against antelope shawls

Buyers and owners of shahtoosh shawls are being targeted in a publicity blitz to save the endangered Tibetan antelope, whose fur is used to make the expensive wraps.

22 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

The fabric of survival

In the snow-covered wilderness of the Tibetan plateau, forest police in an old Chinese-made jeep are chasing a gang of poachers in four-wheel-drive Pajeros.

The poachers open fire with their automatic rifles and hit one of the policemen. The team stops to treat the wounded officer, while the poachers speed away.

20 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

This chiru is probably dead now, due to an illegal trade that keeps the rich in

HIGH on the isolated Tibetan plateau, Bill Bleisch found himself embroiled in a dramatic standoff with armed poachers. Three days' drive from the nearest settlement, the American biologist and 10 nature reserve staff were studying the fast disappearing Tibetan antelope.

12 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Under threat

It does not pay to have an exquisite ruff around your neck.

There used to be millions of Tibetan chiru antelope roaming the Himalayas.

Now there are just 50,000 to 70,000, with around 20,000 massacred a year to satisfy the vain desires of humans.

It might not be long until there are none.

19 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Wildlife campaigners hail deterrent sentence

A businesswoman caught selling shawls made from rare antelopes was given a three-month suspended jail term and $300,000 fine yesterday in what wildlife campaigners said was a triumph for animal protection.

Bharati Ashok Assomull, 50, was told her punishment for dealing in shahtoosh shawls worth more than $500,000 had to send a message to the world community.

14 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Protect the species

The suspended jail sentence and a $300,000 fine imposed on a woman caught selling shahtoosh shawls is a major breakthrough for international conservation efforts, and a message that Hong Kong is determined to stamp out the illegal trading of animal parts.

14 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Good and bad

Your newspaper rightly reported on the barbaric destruction of yet another species of wild life, the Tibetan antelope, being crucified at the altar of profits and high fashion. For this and other recent articles highlighting environmental problems you are to be commended.

11 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Making a killing in Tibet

Traders in one of the world's softest and most expensive wools - shahtoosh, known as the 'king of wool' - like to paint a romantic picture of nomads collecting balls of the thin hair after they have been shed by a passing Tibetan antelope, called chiru. Here, instead, is the grisly truth.

9 Jan 1999 - 12:00am