Animal rights group calls out Indonesian celebrities Syahrini and Lucinta Luna for allegedly wearing fur

Syahrini with her husband, businessman Reino Barack (left) and Lucinta Luna (right). Photo: Instagram/@princessyahrini & @lucintaluna
Syahrini with her husband, businessman Reino Barack (left) and Lucinta Luna (right). Photo: Instagram/@princessyahrini & @lucintaluna

Fur is all the rage in Indonesia right now — not because they’re in vogue, but because two Indonesian celebrities have sparked outrage for wearing them.

Indonesian singer Syahrini, who’s known for her glamorous style, wore what appears to be a fur coat during her holiday in Switzerland with her new husband, businessman Reino Barack. An animal rights group, Animal Stories Indonesia, identified the coat as being made of chinchilla fur and called out the 36-year-old singer on Instagram in an open letter.

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Melansir berita @grid_id Satu Bulan Resmi Jadi Istri Konglomerat, Syahrini Kepergok Kenakan Mantel Bulu Binatang Senilai Milyaran Rupiah! https://www.grid.id/amp/041685426/satu-bulan-resmi-jadi-istri-konglomerat-syahrini-kepergok-kenakan-mantel-bulu-binatang-senilai-milyaran-rupiah?page=all To @princessyahrini yang mengenakan chincilla fur Chinchilla Fur Coat adalah fashion item yang sedang tren akhir-akhir ini. Chinchilla Fur Coat adalah mantel bulu khusus yang terbuat dari bulu hewan pengerat yang morfologi tubuhnya mirip seperti kelinci melansir laman Animal Legal and Historical Center, di beberapa negara produksi mantel bulu Chinchilla dilakukan dengan tidak manusiawi yakni membunuh demi keuntungan bisnis Tahukah teman teman semua ? Tanpa disadari sudah jutaan binatang yang dibunuh hanya demi kemewahan pakaian. Revolusi fashion pernah terjadi di tahun 90-an, saat adanya gerakan anti penggunaan bulu binatang dan siapapun yang memakainya bisa langsung menjadi sasaran Di tahun 1994, sejumlah supermodel ternama dunia, seperti Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer dan Elle Macpherson pernah dengan bangganya berpose telanjang untuk PETA atau gerakan pemerhati binatang. Para supermodel itu mengangkat slogan, "lebih baik telanjang dari pada pakai bulu-bulu binatang." Saat itu juga pembunuhan kejam terhadap binatang-binatang demi kemewahan fashion dianggap sebagai tindakan yang sia-sia #AnimalStoriesindonesia #StopFur

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The account mentioned that chinchilla fur coat is an “it” fashion item as of late, made from the fur of chinchilla, a small rabbit-like rodent.

“To @princessyahrini [sic] who wore the chinchilla fur… Quoting Animal Legal and Historical Center, in some countries that produce the chinchilla fur coat, they obtain the fur in such inhumane ways — they kill [the animals] all in the name of business profit,” Animal Stories Indonesia wrote in the caption.

Soon after, the account called out Lucinta Luna, a dangdut singer who was at the center of a tabloid controversy last year over whether or not she had gender transformation surgery. The 27-year-old singer, who’s currently in Russia for work, wore what appears to be a fox pelt as a shawl (which she bizarrely named Salome).

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Animal Stories Indonesia actually posted about Lucinta twice because they said they suspected her to be “deliberately posting similar content” out of spite against the animal rights group after getting called out for the first time.

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6 jam yang lalu saya posting soal @lucintaluna yang memamerkan FUR, tapi sepertinya kok beliau seperti sengaja ya, 2 jam berselang setelah saya posting, Lucinta kembali memposting hal serupa lewat acount untuk instagramnya Apakah @lucintaluna tidak mau paham penderitaan hewan hewan yang di jadikan baju atau mantel bulu ??? Saya akan memberikan contoh : jebakan yang dipasang untuk menangkap hewan ada banyak macamnya. Mulai dari leg hold traps (jebakan kaki), drowning sets (jebakan pemberat yang akan membuat hewan tenggelam), connibear traps (jebakan yang akan meremukkan tulang leher), trapping risks. Masih belum punya bayangan bagaimana cara kerja jebakan ini? Banyak binatang yang mencoba berbagai cara untuk bisa meloloskan diri dari jebakan. Menggigiti perangkap sampai gigi mereka terlepas, mematahkan tulang sendiri, hingga memutilasi bagian tubuh yang terjepit supaya bisa bebas. Pada akhirnya banyak binatang yang mati karena shock, hypothermia, kelaparan, dan kehabisan darah Perburuan hewan liar bukan satu-satunya cara mendapatkan bulu binatang. Data mengerikan dari Peta menunjukkan bahwa bahan baku bulu binatang 85% didapat dari fur farm. Peternakan ini tersebar di beberapa negara seperti Denmark, Tiongkok, Belanda, Spanyol, Amerika, Rusia, Polandia, dan Finlandia. Hewan liar pun diternakkan untuk memenuhi permintaan pasar, seperti rubah, cerpelai, anjing, kucing, dan musang Jangan berharap bahwa nasib hewan yang ada di peternakan lebih mujur ketimbang hewan yang dibunuh di alam liar. Mereka dipelihara selama 6-10 tahun lamanya, dan ditempatkan di kandang yang tak lebih besar dari tubuh mereka. Harus hidup di kandang kecil dan bercampur dengan urin dan feses menciptakan sanitasi yang sangat buruk Banyak hewan yang stress, agresif, terserang penyakit karena sistem imun yang menurun (tidak ada vaksin), berlaku kanibal dengan memakan sesamanya, hingga ada yang memilih untuk memutilasi dirinya sendiri #AnimalStoriesIndonesia Maybe Mr @rob__banks, can help give education thank you

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“Doesn’t @lucintaluna want to understand about the suffering of animals that are made into clothes or fur coats? I will give you examples about the many kinds of traps to catch animals. From leg-hold traps, drowning set (a trap that makes animal sink), to conibear trap (a trap that crushes neck bones),” Animal Stories Indonesia wrote.

The caption went on to explain about the sufferings of animals at fur farms — such as foxes, minks, dogs, cats, and weasels — and gave some graphic examples of innocent animals fighting for their lives to get out of traps.

As of the time of writing, neither celebrities has responded to Animal Stories Indonesia’s posts. Syahrini has turned off her comment section in some of her recent posts while Lucinta doesn’t seem to mind people protesting her.

While fur clothing is common in some cultures, especially in the northern hemisphere, people started to learn about the unethical ways behind their creation since the ‘80s. Animal advocacy group PETA was founded in 1980 and they have been protesting the use of fur in fashion for decades by holding demonstrations outside major fashion shows and, infamously, throwing food on renowned fashion figures.

Public figures like Syahrini and Lucinta are role models to many. They should be aware that they are very much capable of popularizing fur as fashion, which could lead to more animal suffering. It’s 2019, time to get fashionably conscious and a faux fur coat, maybe?

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