Charlize Theron has hit back after a charity accused her of having double standards by supporting both medical research and animal rights.

PAAP (Patient Advocates Against PETA) demanded Theron attend a discussion next week (07SEP05) to defend her support of PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals, an organisation they claim hinders the search for a cure for AIDS and other deadly diseases.

But Theron's spokesperson tells the New York Daily News, "Charlize is proud to support both PETA and AmFAR (American Foundation For AIDS Research).

"We were never contacted about her participating on such a panel, and she is working on 7 September. It's unfortunate that the PAAP can find fault in the fact that anyone supports two such important organisations."