Dead Chic

The Killer Trade in Shahtoosh

In reality, the antelopes are always killed: chiru skulls on a reserve in China's Xinjiang Province.
Xi Zhinong/ Courtesy Courtesy Earth Island Institute
In reality, the antelopes are always killed: chiru skulls on a reserve in China's Xinjiang Province.

Given China's abysmal environmental record, the missive was not necessarily cause for celebration. And the problem is not China's alone. "Every person who wears a shahtoosh," Schaller said in February, "has the bloody bodies of at least three Tibetan antelopes" on his or her shoulders. "Chirus cannot endure such unrestrained killings," says Schaller of the current rate of slaughter. Chic kills.

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