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PETA Targets Lady Gaga for Wearing Fur; Gaga Fires Back

Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga has said in the past that she doesn't wear fur, but recent photos have shown the star stepping out in some decidedly furry outfits.  This has prompted Dan Matthews, a vice president for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, to reach out to Gaga and ask her to explain herself.

In a letter posted on PETA's website, Matthews writes, "Many of your gay fans, I among them, have long admired what you told Ellen [DeGeneres]: 'I hate fur and I don't wear fur.'  I included a link because these recent photos of you in fox and rabbit and with a wolf carcass make it appear that you have amnesia...What happened? Are your stylists telling you that it's fake, or are you a turncoat?"

Matthews adds, "By wearing those dumb furs in a heat wave, you're making yourself a target just like the mindless Kim Kardashian.  As we plan our fall campaigns, please tell us whether what you gracefully told Ellen was heartfelt or just a pose. We await your reply."

PETA confirms to ABC News Radio that Matthews' letter has indeed been sent to Gaga.  Gaga, meanwhile, has responded to the online speculation with a sarcastic note posted on her social networking site LittleMonsters.com:  "For those press and such who are writing about whether or not my fur is actually real, please don't forget to credit the designer HERMES.  Thank You! Love Gaga."

A PETA spokeswoman tells ABC News Radio that their response to Gaga's comment is that they hope she'll go back and watch a link they sent her to a video showing animals being killed for their fur, so she can, "remember why she was against wearing fur in the first place."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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