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Fri 08 Apr 2005

Dalai Lama Campaigns For Wildlife

Category : trade

"Dalai Lama Campaigns For Wildlife." BBC News, 6th April 2005

The Dalai Lama has called for an end to illegal wildlife trafficking between Nepal, Tibet, India and China. He is appealing to exiled Tibetans, who are increasingly involved in the bloody trade, to remember their dedication to Buddhist non-violence.

Last year, Tibetan officials intercepted 32 tiger, 579 leopard and 665 otter skins in one single shipment. This prompted the Dalai Lama and a pair of wildlife charities to launch an awareness drive around the Himalayas.

"We Tibetans are basically Buddhists, we preach love and compassion towards all other living beings on Earth," said the exiled Tibetan leader. "Therefore it is the responsibility of all of us to realise the importance of wildlife conservation."

The Dalai Lama is working with the charities Care for the Wild International (CWI), from the UK, and the Wildlife Trust of India, to promote an understanding of the damage illegal trading can cause.

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See also: Capacity 2015 Asia Case Study: Evaluation of the Transboundary Meetings Between India and Nepal with a Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade. UNDP Capacity Development.

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