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PETA defends response to Karl Lagerfeld, has died after he was criticised for ‘incredibly disrespectful comment

Karl Lagerfeld is welcomed by Claudia Schiffer, left, and Naomi Campbell at the end of the Chanel 1997 Spring-Summer ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris.
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is in defense mode after getting called on social media for the reaction of the fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld ‘ s death, issued less than a half hour after his death on Tuesday.

The statement, attributed to PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk, was part of a press release, and is also placed by PETA UK the official Twitter early Tuesday morning.

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The clearance around the declaration was swift, with almost everyone on social media chastising PETA.

Others were quick to point out that Chanel, where Lagerfeld was creative director, announced in December that it would go fur-free.

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Hours later, PETA’s president issued a response addressing those who “read” in her original quote, and the defense of the declaration, if sincere condolences.

“Maybe you don’t realize that I’m almost 70, nearly of the same generation as Mr Lagerfeld, and while I am not the design, I wore fur for years. Hence, there is nothing snarky in the comment that those times are over. Grief, with which I am familiar, is real, and so our condolences to anyone who lost a loved one and anyone, regardless of the person opposite position on the coat. Slamming PETA speaks the commenters’ nausea: PETA has expressed no” Newkirk explained to Fox News read.

Largerfeld had a long-standing reputation in the field of the use of fur and exotic animal skins in his entire career been working with Fendi, Chanel and his own eponymous brand. The late designer also defended his use of the materials in the fashion, once stating that “a butcher is even worse.”

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Lagerfeld ‘ s death was announced Tuesday morning. He was 85.

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