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Naomi Campbell channels "Where the Wild Things Are." Photo: OLYCOM/bauergriffinonline.com

The great fur debate wages on -- and between high-profile designers and PETA, the fur is flying.

Despite the animal rights organization's long-standing campaign: "I'd rather go naked than wear fur," the fuzzy pelts are more popular than ever, reports the Guardian.

Young designers and celebs alike are jumping on the trend du jour. London-based brand Issa used fur for the first time on its Fall '09 catwalk, while former PETA poster girl Naomi Campbell has flip-flopped to a full-fledged fur-wearer, most recently sporting this gorilla-like coat.

But the controversial Campbell made her biggest statement about her new stance by starring in Dennis Basso's fur campaign.

While other fashion heavy hitters have been pro-fur all along.

Among Kaiser Karl's many outspoken statements, Lagerfeld declared in a radio interview earlier this year, "In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and clothes and even handbags, the discussion of fur is childish," reports the paper.

Others have approached the debate in a more reasoned manner, saying that fur can be ethical and is natural, renewable, biodegradable and even energy-efficient compared with other materials.

Canadian-born designer Todd Lynn has used fur in his collections (provided for free by Saga Furs) and says that his most important decision was where the furs are sourced from.

Lynn doesn't buy fur from China because he claims the animal farming is unregulated. "I'm not a heartless person, but for those of us who work in high-end fashion, there are certain things we need to use. Fur is something my clients want," the designer told the paper.

But according to the paper, co-founder and president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, isn't buying it and had this to say about the idea of "ethical fur": "It's a bunch of poppycock."

Along with citing statistics that fur farms are actually energy intensive, Newkirk also spoke out on the runway fur trend.

"These designers who are given junkets to Scandinavia and are given free material -- I hate to call fur a 'material' -- I suppose they must be desperate," she told the source. "If you're truly creative, you don't design with something someone hands you. Fur has lost all its cachet. It's yesterday. I see prostitutes in Atlantic City wearing fur."

Where do you stand on fur? Should it make a glamorous comeback or is wearing animal pelts just plain cruel? Leave a comment!

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