R&B star Kelis has slammed animal rights organization People for the Ethical treatment of Animals (PETA), defending her use of fur and dubbing founder Ingrid Newkirk a "batty" hypocrite. Kelis has made her feelings clear in an open letter after receiving a PETA missive asking her to stop wearing fur.
Addressing her fondness for animal coats, Kelis writes, "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. If I started wearing endangered animals like polar bear or orangutan then talk to me. But the minks and chinchilla, that quite honestly are rodents and if weren't in the form of a coat I would demand they be put to death anyway (sic), are not an issue to me."
The "Milkshake" hitmaker acknowledges the killing of any creature is brutal, but insists it's part of the circle of life. She notes, "There is no humane way to kill anything. It's unfortunate but it's part of life. With that being said, I would eat pterodactyl if you found some and you told me it was meaty and delicious."
"I eat meat, and in fact my mouth salivates as I type the word meat!" she added. Kelis goes on to urge PETA activists to concentrate their efforts on other causes: "I feel very strongly about a lot of things such as the sweatshops that spin cotton and the blood on their hands."
"If u (sic) want to preach do it about something worthwhile, don't waste my time trying to save the dang chipmunk. Find a worthwhile cause like the women being maimed in these Middle Eastern countries. Or female circumcision. Or women's rights here in America; we still get paid less for doing the same jobs as men."
The singer also uses her letter to take a personal swipe at PETA founder Newkirk, writing, "I found out that the founder Ingrid Newkirk is completely batty. I had a feeling but she far exceeded my expectations. I mean (she's) certifiably insane! I think she's a diabetic, which means she needs insulin, which is taken from lab pigs (I know this because my sister happens to be in veterinary school), which would be completely hypocritical."