Target: Glenda Adrianne Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine
Goal: To stop Harper’s Bazaar, and other fashion magazines, from using animals as props in their fashion spreads.
Harper’s Bazaar has recently released a fashion spread entitled “The Animal Nursery” that features several famous models, including Kate Upton, posing with endangered animals. A 7-month-old critically endangered gibbon and several 3-month-old tiger cubs were among those used in the photo shoot. Harper’s Bazaar is an international publication, and this spread will be viewed by millions of people all over the world.
Animals are not meant to be used as props in fashion photo shoots. Gibbons and tigers are wild species that need to be in a natural environment that fosters their development and well-being. Bringing them to a studio in Miami, Florida to be held in the arms of a stranger in front of a flashing camera is simply cruel.
In addition, viewers should not be encouraged to think of these animals as pets. Tigers and gibbons are not suitable pets, as they cannot be properly cared for in a home, and can be especially dangerous as they grow into adulthood. The animals used in the photo shoot were shown being held by the models, or laying in the model’s lap like housecats. These endangered animals should instead be preserved, and deserve proper care.
Tell Harper’s Bazaar to stop using animals in their fashion spreads. I is not only cruel to the animals used in the photo shoot, it sends the wrong message to viewers about endangered species and exotic animals as pets. Encourage other fashion magazines to refrain from using animals in their fashion photo shoots as well.
Dear Glenda Adrianne-Bailey,
Your recent photo spread featuring Kate Upton and other models posing with endangered animals is unacceptable and cruel. The 7-month-old gibbon used in the photo shoot is classified as critically endangered. This animal should not be in a studio in Miami, FL posing for pictures, it should be in a natural environment that fosters its preservation and well-being, as should the tiger cubs you used in the shoot.
Using these animals in photo shoots is not only cruel, but it also sends a dangerous message to the public. Though in the photographs these animals were handled as would be house-pets, tigers and gibbons are wild species that can be dangerous to handle, and should certainly not be kept as pets. It is unfair to these animals, and to other exotic animals, to be treated as pets, as they require much more than we can give them in a domestic environment. Please stop using animals in your photo spreads, as it is cruel to the animals you use, and you are misinforming the public as a result.
[Your Name Here]
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