BBC: ‘Big cat’ fur coats found in raid
Fur coats thought to be made from some of the world’s most endangered big cat species have been seized during a raid. Tiger, leopard and snow leopard skins are thought to have been used to make the eight coats found at a fur dealer’s in Camden, north London.
Proposal would affect all 25 member nations and highlights a major loophole in the U.S. ban. Products under $150 are not required to be labeled so consumers can not determine whether fur is real or fake, or what animal it came from.
Steven Ross Johnson
At one time, 100,000+ tigers ranged wild in the world, from Siberia to India. But not now. Today, the number is more like 5,000 and a recent surprising discovery suggests that time is running out for these tigers as well. 60 MINUTES traveled to India to visit the animals in their natural habitat and find out first hand what’s driving wild tigers to extinction. Scott Pelley’s rare up-close-and-personal look at this magnificent beast can be seen on this week’s 60 MINUTES (Sunday, November 19, 7:00pm ET/PT on CBS).
Skin trade could wipe out India’s tigers
Tigers in India, which contains half of the world’s surviving population, face extinction unless an illicit skin trade run by criminal gangs between the subcontinent and Tibet is brought under control, campaigners said yesterday.
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