Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Juicy Couture Loves World Wildlife

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When I learned of Juicy's $20,000 philanthropic contribution to WWF and promotion of their cause, I was absolutely ecstatic: two of the things I love most, coming together at last to benefit the most innocent and vulnerable that exist in our world. Below are the six limited edition charmed necklaces, available only at Juicy Couture.

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WWF turtle necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF elephant necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF tiger necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF monkey necklace, Juicy Couture $78

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WWF panda necklace, Juicy Couture $78

***Love the Wild, Wear Couture***

While diminishing and healthy habitats are a problem for almost all of these six animals, the illegal wildlife trade is the largest threat to tigers and elephants. It is estimated that there are fewer than 3,500 tigers in the wild. Last year, an elephant was brutally killed so its tusks could be used for ivory, but this didn't happen once last year--it happened 25,000 times (National Geographic). There's so much we don't know about these animals. But what we do know is amazing: there's currently research that suggests elephants use the ground to communicate with each other through vibrations from stomping, they cooperate with each other to solve puzzles, and they've been observed mourning the loss of herd members by carrying around the bones or covering a body with grass. "Elephant Emotions" on PBS's website gives fascinating insight into these complex animals, from their tears upon being reunited with relatives to their celebration of newborns. For more information about illegal wildlife trade and to sign petitions urging stronger political action, go to WWF's panda.org. When you purchase jewelry, trinkets, or art, be sure to know what the material is, and avoid items that are ivory.

Domestically, you can help discourage the use of wild animals in entertainment by not attending circuses that use wild animals in their acts and supporting other circuses, such as Cirque du Soleil. 

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