'The Story of Tsoe': The Illegal Slaughter of Tibetan Antelopes
Ironically, the thick, fine undercoat that allows the Tibetan Antelope, or "Tsoe," to survive winter temperatures of negative 45 degrees Fahrenheit, may ultimately cause the species' extinction. Shawls made from this fur, called "shahtoosh," are much sought after by wealthy Indian households. In order to produce these pricey shahtoosh shawls, the antelope must be killed.
Despite laws prohibiting killing the Tsoe, poachers continue to shoot down the animal and sell their coats to enthusiastic buyers. A compelling new Asia Society documentary gives the viewer an up-close look at the Tibetan antelope and suggests how this cruel fur trade might be stopped.