A Russian influencer model is getting warmth for posing bare on high of an endangered elephant for an Instagram video.
Based on The Solar, Russian influencer model Alesya Kafelnikova, 22, posted the quick video to Instagram on February 13, showcasing herself within the nude and posed atop a Sumatran elephant.
“Poor elephant. Aren’t you ashamed to lie bare on an elephant? This can be a residing creature. Cash overshadows every thing,” one Instagram follower stated.
One other known as the photoshoot a “violation” towards the animal.
Within the video Kafelnikova poses on the critically endangered animal whereas it wags its tail and shakes its ears.
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A charity group informed The Solar that the Russian influencer model’s use of the elephant in her photo shoot was a “tragic trivialization.”
“One more tragic trivialization of the majestic Asian elephant when the species is preventing for its very existence towards brutal abuse in tourism and human ‘leisure,’” the charity Save the Asian Elephants informed The Solar.
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“Save The Asian Elephants stands for a ban by regulation on the promoting and sale of unethical venues the place these particular creatures are commercialized with beating, stabbing and each type of torture to interrupt them for simple industrial exploitation – real sanctuaries solely.”
Based on The Day by day Star, the species of elephant the model posed on isn’t native to Bali, the place she presently lives. Numerous elephants in Asia are stored captive to serve the area’s tourism trade.
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The truth is, the Sumatran elephant — the species of elephant used within the Russian influencer model’s video — was designated a “critically endangered” species by the WWF final yr.
Based on a 2017 report from Nationwide Geographic, Sumatran elephants and different endangered species within the area’s rain forest have seen swaths of their livable habitat destroyed by the palm oil trade.
“Whereas the precise inhabitants of Sumatran elephants is unknown, they doubtless quantity solely between 700 and 1,000, based on the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature, an environmental community of presidency and civil society organizations that units the conservation standing of species,” Nationwide Geographic wrote in 2017.
The journal reported the inhabitants of the species is estimated to have shrunk by 70% over the previous decade attributable to habitat loss.
It’s estimated that elephant numbers fell by greater than 70 % through the previous decade, largely from habitat loss that has squeezed them into smaller areas and lower off their conventional migration routes.
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Russian influencer model Kafelnikova has been within the headlines earlier than for controversy previous to the elephant photo shoot.
She is quoted in a January 2020 Day by day Mail article about fellow model Ksenia Puntus, 21, who reportedly suffered extreme accidents after falling out a third-floor window at a constructing in Moscow the place her boyfriend lived.
Kafelnikova alleged foul play within the fall that left Puntus with quite a few extreme accidents.
Police in Moscow had stated beforehand they opened a probe into the model’s fall.
The model suffered head and chest accidents in addition to damaged ribs, legs and pelvis shortly earlier than she was attributable to depart for Paris on an task.
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