Elle Macpherson is reacting to the criticism over her recent reveal that she likes to consume endangered rhino horn powder — saying that she “never knowingly consumed or encouraged the use or consumption of any products which contain material derived from endangered species”.
Less than 11,000 rhinos survive in the wild — and population numbers consider to free-fall thanks to the illegal trade in rhino horns. As Elizabeth touched upon yesterday,
In addition to being used as a Traditional Chinese Medicine aphrodisiac, powdered rhino horn is also prescribed to treat chest pains, convulsions, snake bites, food poisoning, fevers – and in the case of Macpherson – presumably contained in various beauty products despite very little scientific evidence proving that it does indeed offer medicinal properties.
Macpherson said that she regretted “any distress or offense that her banter with an interviewer might have caused”.