Gucci Ad Draws Critics For Using Tigers, Netflix Show Slams Fashion Brand’s Carole Baskin

Animal rights activist Carole Baskin has spoken out against Italian luxury fashion brand Gucci’s latest campaign featuring tigers. The brand is facing backlash for using real tigers in its latest campaign celebrating the “Chinese Year of the Tigers” which begins February 1. Carole, who founded ‘Big Cat Rescue’, told Yahoo News: ‘This type of ad campaign sends the worst possible message that tigers are disposable products to be used for capitalism and thrown away. at will.” She also wanted to know who the supplier of cats was and added that anyone in the audience would be appalled at how the poor cats were used for profit.

Carole founded Big Cat Rescue, a Florida-based nonprofit animal sanctuary. She rose to fame after appearing in the Netflix documentary titled “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness”.

Several Instagram users began to express their dismay at using real tigers for the photoshoot. Animal rights organization World Animal Protection has also raised concerns about the use of tigers in the latest campaign. “Gucci Tiger”, offers “a wide range of ready-to-wear and accessories, with various interpretations of the animal”.

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The fashion brand also mentioned that the tigers were captured in a “safe environment”. According to Times of India, third-party animal welfare organization @americanhumane monitored the set and gave a green signal that “no animals were harmed”.

Several Instagram users also slammed the fashion house for using tigers. They said ‘It’s not good to have wild animals in advertising’, one comment said tigers belong in the wild, not in captivity, not to be used to sell fashion, another said “wild animals belong to nature and should not be used for entertainment and media.

Many other animal welfare organizations, including the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have also urged their followers to “tell them to STOP using wild animals in their ads!”

World Animal Protection US wrote on its official Twitter page: “Gucci is sending the wrong message by promoting tigers as pets and luxury items when they are wild animals that belong in nature. “

However, Gucci mentioned that the style of the fashion brand is that of nature and wild animals. He said he joined the Lion Share Fund, a fundraising initiative to protect endangered species in their natural habitat.

The use of wild animals in several expensive fashion brands has been a controversial issue. Last year, a Dubai couple used a tiger in a gender reveal stunt that sparked outrage on several microblogging sites.

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