BY KIM CAMPBELL THORNTON
Do you fake it? Country-music star
Shania Twain does. So does actress
Glenn Close. They are among the supporters of the #IFakeIt social media
campaign to raise awareness of the
threat to leopards from demand for
You might have thought that leopard
fur was no longer sold. Leopard print is
an iconic style statement, but fakes rule
the fashion world these days, thanks
to the U. S. Endangered Species Act of
1973 and the CITES treaty in 1975, which
halted imports of most large and many
small wild cats, helping their populations begin to recover.
But in some countries, real leopard
skin capes are still prized for wear
in religious and cultural ceremonies.
According to Panthera (panthera.
org), a leading wild cat conservation
organization, more leopards are killed
in the wild every year than any other
big cat, often because of demand for
To combat the slaughter, Panthera
is creating 18,000 fake leopard skin
capes to distribute to communities that
use real ones, with the hope of saving
thousands of the beautiful cats. To
support the campaign, post a selfie in
fake leopard print to Twitter, Instagram,
and Facebook with the #IFAKEIT tag, or
donate to the campaign at ifakeit.org.
7OUTLAW KITTY I met Outlaw Kitty owners husband and wife team Jon “Watto” Watson and Mary at
CatConLA where they were doing quite
the brisk business. I had seen their striking booth filled with “edgier” products
for pet lovers, including the distinctive
metal wear that I immediately had
to have. I bought both the Outlaw
Kitty and the Outlaw Doggy
Holmes charms with a necklace
chain. I’ve had my share of cute
cat and dog products, and my personal taste goes to the more unusual, so this
company’s products spoke to me.
The Arizona-based Outlaw Kitty launched in summer 2009, as a division
of The Metal Gardner LLC. Outlaw Kitty donates a portion of its proceeds to
animal charities. Check out its belt buckles, charms, key chains, money clips,
earrings, hooks, ornaments, T-shirts, and more at outlawkritters.com and on its
Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages.
8CRAZYCATTOOS Although I don’t have any tattoos myself, my hus- band has 21 of them to date and has a deep interest in this type of body art. Because it is pretty permanent, most people choose only the most meaningful images
to put on their body. At CatConLA, there were so many interesting cat tattoos that I took a bunch of photos of the different styles, most in memoriam of a beloved kitty.
Not long after that event, I ran across the Instagram
page Crazycattoos with its more than 2,000 followers and
hundreds of pictures of cat tattoos. You’ll find all styles and
shapes of cat tattoos on this page and, if you are considering
a cat tattoo, I do recommend you check it out for some inspiration. @Crazycattoos