Ugh. Seriously, people? I'm so tired of us just murdering everything in sight for FUR. Rabbits and such are bad enough, but endangered species are especially sad.
The rising global demand for cheap cashmere isn't just turning Mongolia into a dust bowl. It is also threatening the existence of the snow leopard on three fronts: by pushing out the saiga antelope that the leopards eat, by destroying snow leopard habitat, and through retaliatory and pre-emptive attacks by goat herders on snow leopards. Sad! Cashmere is soft, it's true, but it's not worth this kind of environmental cost.
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