With local media often overwhelmed with other social and environmental issues, the problem of animal welfare is one that is often overlooked.
That fact could not have been more obviously portrayed by the complete indifference of this young chap regarding the why, the where, and the how this beautiful pelt came into the hands of the street vendor.
The haggling went on for about 10 to 15 minutes. I was actually quite surprised that nobody seemed to be overly concerned that I was taking pictures. No sneaky long lens was needed - I was using a fixed focal length 35mm F1.8 - so I was almost on top of them!
The fact is, however you view the moral implications of their their transaction - it isn't illegal. I asked the Asia Representative of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for his opinion and this is what he had to say:
I should warn you, the footage from PETA is foul and extremely disturbing.
But the deal was eventually closed - for between US$40 to US$50 - and this pelt was on its way to decorate a young man's apartment.
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