By Hillary Busis
Updated August 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM EDT
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Avert your eyes, vegan Little Monsters: Your mother has spoken, and she’s unapologetic about her taste for Cruella costumes.

Background — PETA slammed Gaga this week for being photographed in fluffy animal pelts, apparently defying a statement she made in 2009 (“I hate fur and I don’t wear fur”). The pop star fired back with a laconic, airy statement: “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.”

Animal-loving fans were disappointed by what they perceived as a brush-off. So Gaga turned to her website again yesterday, posting a longer, more serious response to what she’s calling “Furgate.” Here it is in full:

Gaga’s words make sense; for anyone in the vanguard of fashion, it’s pretty difficult to avoid apparel that contains animal materials. (Though the “kermits” weren’t real frogs. Right? … Right?) Fans should applaud her forthright note — even if they disagree about the whole Kardashian thing.

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