8 DAYS editor responds
05:55 AM Feb 13, 2010
SINGAPORE – The editor-in-chief of 8 DAYS magazine has responded to concerns raised by conservationist groups over its use of photographs featuring actress Wong Li-Lin draped in a tiger pelt.
“The tiger pelt was loaned to 8 DAYS specifically for the shoot,” said Ms Lau Kuan Wei.
“We do not condone the harming of animals, and the realistic appearance of the tiger skin in the photos should in no way be construed as such.
“We have received a few letters expressing concerns over the lack of political correctness. Please be assured that we do not take this feedback lightly, and regret any unintended offence caused,” she added.
WWF Singapore’s managing director, Ms Amy Ho, said that “whether the tiger skin used is real or not, the photographs demonstrate a lack of sensitivity to the plight of dwindling tiger populations in the wild”.
Ms Wong’s photographs, she added, could convey to the magazine’s readers that “tiger skin as a fashion item is acceptable”. “It is not,” Ms Ho said.
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