31 Jul '13, 6pm

Demand for Cashmere is Killing Snow Leopards

Demand for Cashmere is Killing Snow Leopards

The rising demand for cashmere is seriously threatening the future for snow leopards and other endangered species in Central Asia, according to a new study published in the journal Conservation Biology . The study, which was conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Snow Leopard Trust, found that the number of domestic cashmere goats in Mongolia alone has tripled in the past two decades to meet the demand for this fiber. Unfortunately, as the demand in the West continues to grow, so does the number of goats whose herds are expanding into habitat that was once abundant with wildlife. According to the study, wild grazers are now left with less than five percent of available land, with domestic sheep, goat and livestock herds consuming the other 95 percent across the areas they studied in China’s Tibetan plateau, Mongolia and India. Now snow leopards and ot...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/demand-for-cashmere-is-killin...

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