Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld said it was childish to dispute the practice of wearing fur in a world where it is acceptable to eat meat, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Lagerfeld, 75, said in a radio interview Friday that while he himself does not wear fur, an entire industry depends on the trend to make a living.
He added that the "beasts" from which the fur is taken would "kill us if they could." He added that the animals should be killed "nicely" if possible.
"In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish" Lagerfeld told Radio 4.
A PETA spokesperson called Lagerfeld a "dinosaur" for what she considers his outdated view.
"Karl Lagerfeld is a fashion dinosaur who is as out of step as his furs are out of style," the unidentified spokeswoman told the Telegraph. "The vast majority of fur these days comes not from hunters as he suggests, but from Chinese fur farms, where no law protects the millions of animals who are routinely beaten and skinned alive."