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Tiger skin costumes at Litang Horse Festival, Sichuan Province, August 2005. Photo: Wright WPSI/EIA
credit: © Wright WPSI/EIA
Big cats under threat from skin trade
The trade in tiger and leopard skins in China and the Tibet Autonmous Region (TAR) is seriously threatening the future of the wild tiger. This picture taken by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) at the Litang Horse Festival in Sichuan Province in August 2005, reveals the enormous market for tiger and leopard skins - much of which is being used for costumes and ceremonial events.  read more 
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