Kim Kardashian keeps flaunting her prego-licious body draped in designer clothes. Fork the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and her economically depressed fans. Rocking fur coats, and accessories is cruel, but Kim even pays to have them made for her baby daughter. As if Ivory fiends and poachers haven’t killed over 100,000 African elephants in just three years – now Hollyweird celebrities are killing camels.
Chileans are killing and shearing innocent Vicunas at an alarming rate. High end designers like Versace, Gucci, and Balmain buy them off the black market to create luxury wear for entertainers like Kim Kardashian. European and Asian apparel makers crave the soft hair of the Camel’s cousin. You’ve seen celebrities inconspicuously wearing Vicuna hair on their coats, scarves, and shawls.
Families in the Peruvian village of Espite are out of work. They traditionally made money gathering, and shearing Vicunas. Vicunas should only be sheared once every 2 years. Authorities have recently found thousands of Vicunas dead, and skinned alive. Vicuna wool is going for about $1000 per kilo, and it takes 5 adults to collect a kilo. Gangs in Bolivia have mastered making a quick buck by roaming the mountains in Peru and Chile wearing night- vision goggles. The skins are hustled across the border,and shipped to China and Europe.
Vicunas are woven into high priced garments favored by royalty, and Hollyweird celebrities. A full length Vicuna coat goes for $20,000. A men’s suit made by Italian designers will cost $40,000. The only fabric softer than Vicuna is silk. Poachers are killing to make a killing off the black market fabric. The demand for Vicuna products is so high, the Global Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora added Vicunas to the top of the list of endangered animals. Does Kim Kardashian, and her talent- less, wealthy family care? The Wild Life Protection Agency Traffic also considers them endangered.