The CR Fashion Book has just published an issue that features a chimpanzee posed with ballet dancers.

CR Fashion Book.

Carine Roitfeld, the global fashion director of Harper’s Bazaar, the person behind the campaign, is noted for having new “obsessions.

Roitfeld told a fashion writer for New York magazine that her debut issue, a sixteen-page spread titled “The Animal Nursery,” was “a dream come true because I had never held a baby monkey and baby tigers before.” “Hey, if it worked before, it’ll work again!” trumpeted the writer. “Monkeys are Carine’s thing these days.”

You can dress this kind of stuff up with super models and fancy photo shoots but it all boils down to a zero sum game for the animals. There is really no difference between how Ms. Roitfeld used Bently the chimp, and Tony the Truckstop Tiger in his concrete cage in Louisiana,

Tony the Truck Stop TIger. (Photo: S. Zaunbrecher)

or Lolita imprisoned in a pen at the Miami Seaquarium,

When not performing, Lolita is confined to a tank barely larger than she is. (Photo: Slaveforentertainment.com)

or the bears they set dogs on in India,

Lucia before her rescue to sanctuary. (Photo: BRC, Pakistan)

or moon bears in China,

Moon bear in bile farm. (Photo: thebeartruth.org)

or Larry, the harbour seal at Marineland,

Larry, the harbour seal with “an amazing little personality” who arrived at Marineland about eight years ago is now a shadow of his former self. After repeated exposure to unhealthy water, he has gone blind.

or his compatriots, Baker and Sandy, the sea lions at Marineland who had to be pulled repeatedly from the water and confined in dry cages, in one case for more than two months, to limit further harm to their already damaged eyes because of unhealthy water in their tanks,

February 2012 photo shows sea lions Sandy and Baker (left). The pair had to be pulled repeatedly from the water and confined in dry cages, in one case for more than two months, to limit further harm to their already damaged eyes. Videos shot in 2011 and 2012 shows them writhing in pain or plunging their heads into a single bucket of clean water.

or the terrified howler monkey in the Peruvian village of Dos de Mayo, Sauce, offered to tourists as a photo prop to have their picture taken.

Infant howler monkey in Peru. (Photo: Neotropical Primate Conservation)

In spite of the public’s increased sensitivity and awareness of animal protection issues, There is a long way to go.

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From a ballet-themed issue of the CR Fashion Book, featured in New York Magazine.

As consumers, we make our decisions in dollars by avoiding brands that exploit animals in marketing, such as Harper’s Bazaar/CR Fashion Book, and CareerBuilder.


Shout out: The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada.

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