Supermodel Elle Macpherson regrets her comments over the use of a Chinese medicine made from rhinoceros horn.
The Australian beauty infuriated animal rights campaigners after she suggested in an interview that she takes pills containing powdered rhino horn for medicinal purposes.
However, Macpherson admits she never "knowingly consumed" any products made from "endangered species".
"Following comments made in a newspaper article, Elle Macpherson would like to clarify that, whilst she has great respect for Chinese medicine, she is also fundamentally opposed to any activity which is detrimental to the protection of endangered species," dailystar.co.uk quoted her spokesperson as saying in a statement.
"Ms Macpherson has never knowingly consumed or encouraged the use or consumption of any products which contain material derived from endangered species and regrets any distress or offence that her banter with an interviewer might have caused when repeated out of context."