“The world’s affluent are drinking more champagne and buying more new designer gowns and pricey handbags than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new financial results from luxe conglomerate LVMH.”
This affluent group buys up alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, snake, shark, stingray, kangaroo and cat leather. They buy zebra, elephant and giraffe skin. They buy mink, fox, beaver, sable, lynx, chinchilla, raccoon, racoon dogs, ermine, fisher, otter, marten, coyote, nutria, opossum, muskrat, Russian squirrel and fitch fur. What they are not accepting is the extinction risk resulting from the vulgarity of their desires. But this vulgarity doesn’t stop with leather, feathers and furs. Add to this the exotic and endangered species used in gourmet foods, the endangered plants used in beauty products, CITES listed wood and plants used in home and office development and decor. The natural world has been, and continues to be, systematically stripped of its species for profit; and not only species, we are even running out of sand because of construction!
And these profits aren’t hard to generate, as is demonstrated by the rapid rebound of economies in many affluent nations.