The accusation came after RiRi was photographed wearing thigh-high snakeskin boots during a night out in London.
“Rihanna may not have a clue that snakes killed for boots are often nailed to a tree and skinned alive. Of course, they can’t go on Oprah to cry about it,” said a PETA spokesperson, referring to the singer’s recent appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show.
While some fashion commentators questioned Rihanna’s taste, PETA supporters were more concerned about how the footwear was made.
The incident came after Lady Gaga was spotted wearing what appeared to be a fur coat, and the campaign group was scathing in its criticism of both singers.
“Rihanna and Lady Gaga seem so desperate to be freaks instead of recognised for their talents that you have to wonder if they realise that they are being laughed at,” a PETA spokesman told the Express.
“Wearing reptile skin is creepy and callous, and it makes her look even more out of touch.“
Lady Gaga has not confirmed whether her controversial coat was genuine or fake fur, and seemed to enjoy winding up those who had criticised her.
“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,” the Born This Way star tweeted.