I can't figure put of this company is real or not. Something just smells a bit fishy. I sincerely hope it isn't genuinely offering what it claims
because using stingrays for leather is one thing, maybe borderline acceptable, but humiliating them with the god awful patterns before they die is
completely crossing the line.
Everything from the video to the companies website looks too 'blemish free' for it to be real. I think they have invested a few thousand in
marketing and when they get their first few orders will do a runner with the money. Great scam, nothing more.
The CEO has got a point that the expensive sneakers are paying good wages and providing good employment, but why does the material need come from a
living animal? We have so much technology nowadays, can we not produce realistic artificial stingray skin?!
People could still be employed (graphic designers, manufacturers etc) and the shoes could still be sold at a high price. Just leave the rays out of it
Edit: seems like it could be a fake. Here's a video of the 'rescue
operation' from 11th August (warning: it has loud heavy metal music so might be a good idea to turn volume down). Some of the comments point out that
Rayfish is a hoax by NextNature.
So if our rays aren’t swimming around with dalmatian DNA, where do they get their unique coloration? As Alan Turing first hypothesized, and as
many subsequent studies have shown, nearly any animal pattern can be generated through the interactions of two different morphogen molecules.
Turing-type equations govern everything from an ocelot’s spots to an angelfish’s stripes. As can be seen in our prototype design tool, pictured
above, our technical team can control multiple variables in order to closely replicate the patterns and colors seen in other animals. Names like
“phoenix” or “bambi” are just their creative interpretations for these patterns that help to make the design of a shoe an easy and playful
experience for our customers.
This essentially invalidates the previous article...
edit on 5/11/2012 by Fazza! because: (no reason given)
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