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150,000 Kashmir Pashmina goats 
face death in icy Himalayas

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6 Feb 08 - Around 150,000 of goats that provide fine wool for Kashmir's famous Pashmina shawls are facing death in India's mountainous Ladakh region, officials said on Wednesday.

The goats' pastures, spread over the mountains of the Changthang area of the Ladakh region bordering China, have been covered by unusually deep snow and farmers are fast running out of fodder, the officials said.

"Many of them will die if fodder could not be provided immediately," Tsering Dorjay, chairman of the Ladakh Hill Development Council, said by telephone from the regional capital Leh.

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5ihEi8J6uRdc7Za8s2uWzpxy9Aoxw

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080206/sc_nm/kashmir_goats_dc_1

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          "I thought global warming was melting the Himalayas?" 
           says Peter.

 



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