of no fixed subtitle
August 08, 2007
- the double life of an Olympic mascot.
16 years ago
Run free, Yingsel.
I thought this sounded like my kind of political protest when I read no. 2 on the list of ways to help protect the Tibetan antelope - "Ask retailers about products made from the finest cashmere (aka “pashmina”)". Warm and fuzzy ...
I'm glad there's someone out there that cares about the antelope. So why can't they post a picture of it instead of that cutsie poo thing? These winsome little figures are getting old, and they're all starting to look alike. Or is that just me?
here's the pics
They're an absolutely charming, delicately formed animal. VelvetRabbit: Everthing I'd heard before indicated that pashmina comes from a goat, but I could believe that the undercoat of any animal in those cold regions would be very soft and warm.
shows me that there may be a question as to their inclusion in the antelope rather than the goat group, so that makes sense. If pashmina wearers insist that their clothing be certified as having been bought from domestic goats, there wouldn't be a problem with wearing that lovely, lovely stuff.* Here's more
info on pashmina
*disclaimer, I wear artificial, and it's nice, too.
BlueHorse - yes, Cashmere/pashmina is from goats. The campaign also mentions looking for products made from Tibetan yak wool. Animals which live in the same area as the antelope. No mention of the wearablity of the actual antelope. Which is a shame. Who wouldn't love a pair of a Free Tibet antelope fluff mittens and matching ear muffs? "By purchasing these products, consumers can contribute to the protection of the Tibetan antelope as well as assist with supporting the livelihoods of traditional communities in the Tibetan Plateau region."
I was planning on doing
a post on the Blue
) about the 2008 Olympics, and I added a bunch of stuff about Yingsel. Thanks, velvetrabbit.
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In case it wasn't clear: the wool of Tibetan antelopes is known as
shatoosh or shahtoosh
, and because getting hold of it involves the large-scale killing of these endangered animals, it is
illegal in many countries since the mid-'90s
. There is still a black market: Shatoosh wool is traded over the border into India for
to be used in "traditional Chinese medicine." Hence the emphasis on Pashmina as a non-horrible alternative.
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Sometimes I really, really, really hate China and the prevalent mentality that life is worthless. Why is that so? Chinese Americans are not like that. I have a girlfriend that would weep buckets over this. Emigrant Chinese don't seem to have this mentality. China as a whole doesn't give a damn about their children in sweatshops, or the destruction of their environment either. What gives? Is it the assholes in government? I KNOW the country's growing and they are seeking the "good life." But THIS is the time to make sure growth is controlled and to take care that the people are protected and EVERYONE, not just the rich, can enjoy the benefits of prosperity. I can understand that there is a severe problem with stray cats (and dogs.) I can certainly understand, and even support, a
program of euthanasia to control disease, then
institution of a program of spay and neuter. Damn, if they can enforce a one child policy, surely they can control the unwanted animal population?
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