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Khloe Kardashian Odom hasn't changed her opinion on fur, but she's had second thoughts about PETA. When an anti-fur activist hit Kim Kardashian with a bag of flour on the red carpet last week, the animal rights organization (short for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) denied any involvement. But it now appears that the attacker has close ties with PETA -- so in defense of her sister, longtime supporter Khloe is saying goodbye.
"Not only has PETA lied to the public, but they have proved that they support this kind of behavior," Khloe, 27, writes on her blog. "I've been a vocal supporter of PETA for a long time but I have also been very vocal about anti-bullying, so this was a huge disappointment for me."
Though Khloe says she's proud of the way Kim handled herself on the red carpet, she writes that she is appalled at PETA's willingness to harass people like her sister.
"I will still continue to NOT wear fur, but I will no longer support PETA," she concludes. "Bullying and harassment is NEVER a solution, and I won't be a part of any organization that thinks otherwise."
Her stance is a big change from four years ago, when Khloe posed nude for a PETA ad -- and expressed her disappointment at her family's fur-filled closets.
"Everyone in the family wears fur except me," Khloe told E! Online when the ad was unveiled. "Kim wore fur last night. I told her you cannot wear fur. It's embarrassing."
PETA, meanwhile, responded to Khloe's decision with a statement on Tuesday morning. "We appreciate that Khloe will remain on the animals' side by not wearing fur -- that's what counts," the statement reads. "If one of our volunteers is responsible, it doesn't alter the fact that no animal deserves to be electrocuted, shot, or poisoned for a bit of fur clothing. Khloe is just defending her sister, and we know she has a good heart, so we wish her well. We just wish she also had more influence on her sister."
For the record, PETA has denied that they were behind Kim's flour-bombing. However, TMZ reports that the attacker is Cristina Cho, an award-winning PETA member with a history of public anti-fur protests. PETA's website also posted an up-close video of the incident the next morning, which they write was "sent to us by an activist immediately afterward." And they're not exactly holding back the praise for Cho's red-carpet moves -- even offering to pay her legal fees if Kim decides to press charges.
"PETA has written polite letters to Kim, erected billboards, and held protests," writes a PETA blogger. "While we weren't behind the flour delivery, we applaud the animal advocates who were. Hopefully a dusting with flour will cause her to take her head out of the clouds and recognize the blatant cruelty to animals that she promotes."
Because getting attacked and humiliated usually makes people more compassionate? Sounds like PETA needs to re-think their strategy. (Unless their strategy was just to get media attention, in which case: mission accomplished.)
Regardless, PETA has lost the support of the one Kardashian who was on their team -- and who has managed to take an anti-fur stance without hurling baking supplies at anyone!