PETA under fire for appearing to celebrate Karl Lagerfeld’s death

PETA under fire for appearing to celebrate their ‘nemesis’ Karl Lagerfeld’s death by saying it marks the ‘end of an era’ of fur

  • Anti-fur PETA charity has sparked outrage for tweeting on Karl Lagerfeld’s death
  • They referred to their ‘old nemesis’ and said his death marked the ‘end of an era’
  • They have upset those mourning the loss of the Chanel icon who died aged 85

Animal rights group PETA has sparked outrage for saying Karl Lagerfeld’s death marked the ‘end of an era’  of using fur and animal skins in fashion, branding the late designer their ‘nemesis’.

Lagerfeld died from panceratic cancer aged 85 in Paris on Tuesday, leaving the fashion world reeling.

While many flocked to pay tribute to Lagerfeld, PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – responded with a cruel tone.

Cara Delevingne backstage with Fendi’s limited edition Bag Boy Karlitobag charm – a miniature Karl Lagerfeld made out of fur – in Milan in 2014

They tweeted: ‘Karl Lagerfeld has gone, and his passing marks the end of an era when fur and exotic skins were seen as covetable. PETA sends condolences to our old nemesis’s loved ones.’

But despite the backlash PETA have stood by their Tweet, saying that their message was not ‘snarky’ because their own President Ingrid Newkirk, who is in her 70s, used to wear fur.


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They claimed they were simply marking the ‘end of an era.’

Many on Twitter said their timing of the statement was ugly, disgusting and seemed off-key for an organisation who preach kindness towards animals. 

Last year Chanel joined a raft of other fashion houses in announcing they would no longer be using exotic animal skins or furs in their collections.

Karl Lagerfeld on the catwalk Chanel show, Runway, Fall Winter 2017, Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris

Their President Bruno Pavlovsky announced: ‘We did it because it’s in the air but it’s not an air people imposed on us. It’s a free choice.’ 

Lexi Boling on the catwalk for Fendi in Milan in 2016 – the Italian house were famed for their fur while Lagerfeld worked as their creative director

As well as his work at Chanel, Lagerfeld was the creative director of Italian fur-specialist and leather goods fashion house Fendi.

He was at the centre of controversy in recent years with Fendi’s limited edition Bag Boy Karlito.

The $1,685 piece had Karlito’s (Karl Lagerfeld’s) ‘sunglasses’ in black mink, his ‘torso’ in silver fox fur, and a tuft of goat fur sprouting from his ‘head.’ 

In 2015 Lagerfeld locked horns with PETA who criticised Fendi’s haute couture fur show show in Paris.

He told the New York Times: ‘For me, as long as people eat meat and wear leather, I don’t get the message. It’s very easy to say no fur, no fur, no fur, but it’s an industry. 

‘Who will pay for all the unemployment of the people if you suppress the industry of the fur?’

He told them he thought a butcher shop was a far more grim scene and that the fur industry had vastly improved. 

He was known for his acerbic wit and once said on fur: ‘It is farmers who are nice to the cows and the pigs and then kill them. It’s even more hypocritical than hunters.

‘At least the hunters don’t flatter the animals…

‘I don’t like that people butcher animals, but I don’t like them to butcher humans either, which is apparently very popular in the world.’

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