Target: Harper’s Bazaar
Goal: Stop portraying wild and endangered animals as accessories in fashion shoots in Harper’s Bazaar
American fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar has recently done a photo-shoot entitled “The Animal Nursery.” The spread features model Kate Upton posing with a 7-month old gibbon and 3-month old tiger cubs. Both of these animals are considered to be critically endangered, and the publicity they will receive from this magazine will misrepresent how we should be treating them.
The magazine is misinforming readers of the danger these wild animals can present. The photos depict the animals as calm and cute, but readers won’t understand that they are still wild animals that should be respected and treated differently than a common domesticated pet.
Instead of using the endangered animals as photo props, the magazine could have called attention to the cause to try and save several endangered species. The animals are now portrayed as adorable accessories to sell expensive clothing items from many brands that don’t even support any endangered species-saving causes.
Harper’s Bazaar could have approached this photo-shoot in a different way that could have highlighted the importance of respect towards endangered animals. They have instead chosen to portray them as props. Sign the petition below to let the magazine know that sacred animals should not be treated this way in the future.
Dear Harper’s Bazaar,
Your photo spread entitled “The Animal Nursery” that features model Kate Upton is inappropriate when dealing with the issue of endangered animals. The young tiger cubs and gibbons are indeed adorable and will sell magazines, but their backstory is a sad one that readers should be made aware of.
These endangered animals are portrayed as cuddly accessories, when in fact they are dangerous, wild animals. They deserve to be treated with respect and caution due to their delicate futures. By featuring them in a common fashion spread, they will be compared to domesticated pets. This is dangerous for the global exotic pet trade, and advertisements like this only encourage people to seek out these animals for trade.
We are hoping that awareness about endangered species will be inspired from this photo-shoot, but that may be few and far fetched by the way the animals have been portrayed. We are asking you to please respect the animals and their history before pursuing another photo-shoot like this again. Then, maybe, we can save these beautiful animals from extinction.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: digitalart2 via flickr