Kelis rejects PETA demands to stop wearing fur

Singer replies to animal rights organisation in open letter

Kelis has defended wearing fur in a public in a MySpace blog addressed to PETA.

Writing in response to a letter she received from the animal-rights organisation, Kelis suggested that wearing fur is not as serious an issue as "women being maimed", the continued use of sweatshops or women's rights in America, all of which should take priority.

"There is no humane way to kill anything," she admitted in the blog, but said she thought wearing fur was acceptable.

"If I started wearing endangered animals like polar bear or orangutan then talk to me (which for the record I would not - I do believe in the preservation of endangered species)," she wrote. "But the minks and chinchilla that quite honestly are rodents and if [they] weren't in the form of a coat, I would demand they be put to death anyway."

She added: "[By the way] it's not just the look of fur. It's warm as hell and feels glorious - ever rubbed faux fur on your body? Nothing luxurious about that."

Kelis ended the blog by advising those who want to "preach" to her to "do it about something worthwhile [and not] waste my time trying to save the dang chipmunk".

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