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Endangered species saviour Ian Harding vs. fur fanatic Kate Moss

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Kate Moss Fur Addiction

We love to keep up to date with everything that’s going down in celebsville. So to keep you in the loop too, each week we’ll be picking a green A-lister who will become a venerated Eco Saint and an environmentally-discourteous super star to be branded with the title of Eco Sinner. This week, it’s judgement day for Ian Harding and Kate Moss

By Rebecca Sellitti

Eco Saint: Ian Harding
There are countless species of animals facing imminent extinction, and that spells trouble, not just for the threatened creatures themselves but for the planet as a whole. That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness about wildlife conservation while we still have the chance to save our furry friends (not to mention the scaly and feathery ones too). Thankfully, Pretty Little Liars actor Ian Harding is putting his star power to good use by participating in a three mile hike to benefit The Fund For Animals, an advocacy group committed to protecting endangered species and stopping the commercial trade in vanishing wildlife. Mr. Harding, your willingness to get down and dirty for Mother Earth is why I’m naming you as Global Cool’s newest Eco Saint! Congratulations!

Sir Harding took to Twitter to share the exciting news:

Ian, a first name now practically synonymous with eco-activism thanks to that Somerhalder feller’, will also be taking part in The Fund for Animals Wildlife Hike-a-Thon, where the blue-eyed babe will battle blood-thirsty mosquitoes and trudge through patches of poison ivy all in the name of conservation.  After reading up on The Fund For Animals, I can truly see why Ian is willing to risk an evening of unimaginable itching for this amazing nonprofit organisation. It’s worth every scratch!

You know, some celebs are real quick to attend the black-tie events sponsored by environmental organisations. They get some good press, binge on gourmet food and Veuve and maybe even score a swag bag or two. Partying for a good cause is cool, but it always leaves some doubt as to your level of commitment. Nobody can question Ian’s motivations, though, since the most Ian will be getting is a PB&J sandwich and perhaps a wristband! Here’s a man in it only for the animals!! Good luck on your hike, Ian. Oh, and don’t forget the bug spray!

Eco Sinner: Kate Moss
It’s one of the few inviolable Rules of Fashion that nothing ruins a great outfit like covering it with the carcass of a dead animal. Not to put too fine a point on it, but draping fur over a designer gown is tantamount to blowing chunks right onto a plate of black truffle risotto!

Yet some celebrities continue to traipse around nonchalantly in mink stoles and sable caplets as if it’s still the ‘50s. One of the most unapologetic of these fur-bearing creatures is ‘90s icon, Kate Moss. Her latest acquisition, a coyote fox fur coat, has seemingly been glued to the supermodel’s pin thin body ever since she arrived in Paris for fashion week. Sorry, Kate, but your environmentally unfriendly choice of garb has once again landed you the title of Global Cool Eco Sinner!

Wearing fur raises a whole host of ethical questions in an Age of Enlightenment that’s taught us that cats can dream, dogs can grieve, and that we share 99% of our DNA with our closest fellow primate. And personally, I just don’t believe that Tony the Tiger should get skinned just so some over-done New Jersey Housewife can carry around the world’s tackiest handbag.

And lest people think fur production only poses a threat to woodland critter and large cats in the Serengeti, think again. A certain hairless and often brainless species, Homo Stupidiens, is putting itself at grave risk from the environmental pollutants released in the process of manufacturing the very hides that it wears.

Did you know that the animal skin underneath the oh-so-soft fur is treated with toxic chemicals like formaldehyde to keep the carcass from decomposing into some kind of giant hairball? Yep Kate, the vintage fox duster you’re parading around in was, for all intents and purposes, uh, embalmed! Sort of takes the glamour out of it, am I right?

Now Kate, I’m gonna say the same thing to you that I said to Rihanna (‘cause we’re best fray frays, and all): you’re one the most stunning women walking the planet and fur does nothing but detract from your natural beauty. How about giving faux fur a try? Just ring up Stella McCartney and she’s bound to get you a great deal on a chic, cruelty-free, no-fur coat!

frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you one way (the one in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
/ Do it in public (not the car/plane) /

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