I was surprised to see the U.S. military getting training on this topic. It looks like this soldier is a little surprised by it too. Is there some military training specialist who is saying "I have to teach a class on what?" What a huge job to train soldiers on the many facets of the societies they impact during operations, let alone teaching them how to do the regular job of soldiering.
U.S. soldiers joke with a snow leopard skin sample during an awareness program at a military base in Kabul May 25, 2008. Afghanistan's snow leopards barely survived three decades of war. Now, the few remaining mountain leopards left in Afghanistan face another threat -- foreigners involved in rebuilding the country. Despite a hunting ban across Afghanistan, snow leopard furs are for sale on military bases and at tourist bazaars. Foreigners have cash to buy the pelts as souvenirs and impoverished Afghans break poaching laws to supply them.