Peta's faux pas on the faux fur

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:00am

Animal rights militants in Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have had to backtrack from their finger-pointing. The group has been singling out stars and celebrities accused of wearing or using fur in public. Just last month, fashion designer William Tang Tat-chi was sent a note from Peta supporter Kim Basinger urging him not to use animal pelts in future collections. Mainland designer Luo Zheng received similar treatment.

Recently, Peta also accused singer Kelly Chen Wai-lam (pictured) of wearing fur onstage. 'We had written to her about complaints we received from the public,' a Peta representative said. Well, Chen responded right away that she only wore the fake stuff. 'We heard back immediately from her office and learned that [Chen] only wears fake fur.' Acknowledging its mistake in chastising an innocent star, Peta then rushed off some flowers and a faux fur blanket to Chen and her baby boy Chace. The offering was accepted. However, Chen is not likely to give up her leather boots or steamed chicken.