How celebrity fashion icons fuel illegal poaching and leopard extinction is a controversial topic because once again in the news Wednesday, August 7, 2013 a mother load of ivory tusks, rhino horns, and leopard skins was seized by Hong Kong customs officials.
Leopard skins, ivory tusks and rhino horns displayed during a press conference fuel controversial questions like how can this crime against wildlife and humans continue? How can we stop celebrity icons and their need for fashion fur?
Customs officials at the Kwai Chung cargo examination compound seized the five million dollar haul containing 1,120 ivory tusks, 13 rhino horns and five pieces of leopard skin after searching a container declared as wood from Nigeria.
Leopard skins bound to be made into high ticket garments no doubt to drap over the shoulders of celebrities like Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian.
First Lady Jacequline Kennedy was fond of her leopard skin coat.
In an interview with Patricia Sullivan for the Washington Post sole fashion couturier for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Oleg Cassini commented, “Many years ago, I did a fur coat for Jackie Kennedy. I suggested leopard to her. She loved the idea because those kinds of looks had not been seen for a long time.”
Widely reported that soon after Jackie’s high profile outings in her new Cassini leopard coat, leopard fur was in high demand. Jackie created a fashion craze.
In fact, over 250,000 leopards were hunted and killed as women purchased their copy of Jackie’s coat. Cassini was appalled that his creation almost wiped out an entire species.
Since then, he has worked to destroy the fur market he helped create. “I will do my best to redeem myself. St. Francis of Assisi has always been an inspiration to me,” commented Cassini.
The war against wildlife continues today.
Recent pressure applied by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge a patron of the Tusk Trust and his father Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, a companion of conservation though the World Wildlife Federation on foreign countries like China, and Africa to step up the efforts to seize illegal ivory tusks, rhino horns, and leopard skins, and stop poaching in Africa.
St. James Palace press conference in London on May 21, 2013 Prince Charles said, “Avoid irreversible tragedy of wildlife extinction now.”
Sad to see the loss of life for the wild leopard, African elephant and rhino however, happy to see the Chinese take this matter seriously by seizing this mother load of ivory tusks, rhino and leopard skins.
What would life be without the wild leopard, mighty African elephant and rhino? A travesty for sure, let’s consider faux fur and stand up against needless killing of other earthlings.
Celebrity icons like Kate Moss, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan might consider taking a few celebrity fashion and style lessons from the Princess of the United Kingdom Kate Middleton and our own First Lady Michelle Obama.
What do you think are you a fur fashionista?