Tibetans Refuse to Wear Fur
I have to admit that I’m not fully informed on the whole “Free Tibet” movement. I mean, I know the high points and all, but this story makes me have mad respect for the people in Tibet who are standing up for what they believe in. Apparently, the Chinese government is trying to force Tibetans to wear fur, since they gave it up in droves after the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, spoke out against it in January. At a speech in India, the Dalai Lama said, “I am ashamed and don’t feel like living when I see all those pictures of people decorating themselves with skins and furs,” which inspired people all over Tibet to get rid of the traditional fur garments they owned. One guy who made his living selling fur was so moved that he burned his own store to the ground, vowing never to sell fur again. Truly amazing.