By Catherine Garvin
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. More....