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Regina Ip Stirs Hong Kong Media with Comments on Fur

The Legco member and chairwoman of the New People’s Party removed her mink coat for reporters to show them the label.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 January, 2016, 12:47pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:55pm

Legco member and chairwoman of the New People’s Party, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, was seen by the media wearing a burgundy mink coat to a Legislative Council meeting yesterday—sparking a line of questioning that revealed Ip is pro-fur. 

“It’s designed in Italy, made in Guangzhou, using fur from North America,” Ip said to local media. “The mink was trimmed to look like velvet—that’s trendy now,” she continued. 

She then removed the coat so that she could show the inside label to reporters.

“I bought it more than 10 years ago in Harbin, China, when I was still the secretary for security,” Ip said, referring to when she was on a business trip. 

When questioned about animal cruelty, Ip said that a mink at a fur farm is a “farm animal” and wearing mink is “just like eating beef.” She later responded to the media that the fur industry has changed and breeding minks could potentially be more humane than breeding chicken and cattle for consumption. 

Last August, Ip caused a stir among local media when she posted an image of her colonoscopy on Facebook and accidentally revealed her Hong Kong identification number.