Socialite Khloe Kardashian has defended her history of wearing fur - insisting she only realised the brutality behind animal pelts when she was approached by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Kardashian is the latest spokesperson for the animal rights organisation and came under fire this week (beg15Dec08) after old photos emerged of her wearing a fur coat.
But she is adamant that she only "swore off" fur after a PETA video explained where the materials for her luxurious jacket came from.
She says, "As some of you might have seen today, there are several people who have taken to the web calling me a hypocrite and posting photos of me wearing fur. The reason PETA approached me initially is because in my past I did wear fur and they wanted to educate me on the brutal ways in which animals are skinned for their pelts.
"I was so horrified that I immediately swore off fur. I just wanted to let you know the real story behind my conscious decision and compassionate change of heart. I have changed my ways and I hope that many other people will as well."