Lift ban on shah­toosh, Cen­tre told

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy, En­vi­ron­ment & Forests has urged the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, For­est and Cli­mate Change to lift the ban on trade in shah­toosh, the finest wool wo­ven from the un­der­fur of the en­dan­gered chiru or Ti­betan an­te­lope. The panel urged the to breed and con­serve the chiru on vast lands, ex­tract their fur and give it to Kash­miri weavers who are renowned for mak­ing shah­toosh prod­ucts. This would not only pro­vide liveli­hood to Kash­miris but also help re­vive the chiru. Shah­toosh trade was banned glob­ally in 1975 and the chiru is listed un­der Sched­ule 1 of In­dia's Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act.

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