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'Tibetans vow to give up wearing animal furs'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Dharamsala, March 6: Tibetan villagers living in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunn have marked the beginning of the Lur New Year by vowing to give up the wearing of animal furs and by burning those already in their possession, Radio Free Asia (RFA) said on Friday. The February 27 decision by residents of Drangsung village in Yunn’s Dechen county is aimed at complying with the wishes of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama that Tibetans abandon the use of animal skins for clothes, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan service. “The Tibetans had kept animal skin clothes as rare and valuable family possessions,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “However, they became aware of the objections of the Dalai Lama and of local Tibetan Buddhist leaders who advised them not to use them.” “So the Tibetans in Drangsung village came together and set their fox fur caps and dresses decorated with wild animal skins on fire,” he told RFA that provides news and information to Asian countries. (IANS)

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