Legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee has come under fire for suggesting that wearing a mink coat is just the same as eating beef, Apple Daily reported.
Ip, chairwoman of the pro-Beijing New People’s Party, made the remarks on Wednesday after she showed up at the Legislative Council in a bright red mink coat, which she said is made of fur from farm animals.
She told reporters she bought the coat at an ice sculpture show in Harbin more than 10 years ago when she was still a government bureau chief.
Ip said the coat, which cost her more than 10,000 yuan at the time, was designed in Italy and made in Guangzhou, and therefore should be considered a “national product”.
Ip later told Stand News that if wearing fur is considered as unfriendly to the environment, the same could be said of eating beef, which has been blamed for greenhouse gases.
Ip’s views were not echoed by Mark Mak Chi-ho, founder of the Non-Profit-Making Veterinary Service, who said eating beef is neither something to be proud of nor encouraged. Mak said wearing fur is a thousand times more cruel than eating beef.
“It was appalling for a legislator to have said something that was so ignorant and shameless,” Mak added.
Mak said Ip was rationalizing immoral behavior that not only hurt animals but would also degrade the civic values of society.
Meanwhile, fellow lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong said she would not buy fur, preferring cotton materials for everyday wear and wool to keep warm.
She reminded reporters that she has been the chairperson of Green Council for many years.
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