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Reality TV giant Kim Kardashian has been accused of ‘promoting poaching’ after she posted a selfie with a parrot on her shoulder.

The celebrity, who became widely known through reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, posted the image on Instagram captioned ‘Tweet Tweet’.

‘Immense stress’

World Animal Protection US was one of the many users who criticised the star, writing: “Kim, we know you’re an animal lover, but selfies with wild animals promote the poaching of wildlife for mere likes.

“These animals endure immense stress by constantly being held and handed from person to person. By posting images such as this, you are encouraging others to take photos with wild animals, further putting them at risk.

“Please take a stand to protect animals and educate your followers on why wild animals belong in the wild and not in selfies.”

Animal fur

In the past, Kim has also received backlash for donning real animal-fur. However, last year she revealed on Instagram that each one of her fur coats had been recreated using synthetic materials.

She also referred to faux fur as her ‘new thing’ back in 2018, after she posted a coat gifted from Givenchy.

Animal-rights charity PETA praised the star, commenting: “Thank you for making compassionate changes that save animals and showing the world that #FurFree styles are the future!”

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.