Beyond the Ban

Beyond the Ban

If the killing of the endangered Tibetan antelope (Pantholops hodgsoniil) is to stop, the trade in shahtoosh, the wool culled from the fleece of the animal, has to end.Yet several thousand workers in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir make a living out of this wool, and have done so for generations.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) initiated this survey to assess the actual and potential economic impact of the ban on shahtoosh on these workers and provide suggestions for measures that may be taken for their relocation and rehabilitation.