Michelle Obama's Fur (Er, Feathers) Gets Ruffled

Suzanne Murray
fur-free and fabulous

Photo from PETA

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is no stranger to controversy. Their latest antics? An anti-fur ad featuring Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks, and Carrie Underwood with the slogan "Fur-free and fabulous!"

So what's the prob? The image of Michelle Obama was used without her permission and the White House is not pleased.

The ads appear in several magazines, websites, and all over Washington D.C.'s subway system. Winfrey, Banks and Underwood have all publicly endorsed PETA's anti-fur efforts, but as the first lady, Michelle Obama cannot endorse special interest groups.

PETA refuses to take down the ads and says that since Michelle Obama has spoken out against fur in the past, it has license to use her image in a campaign.

"We haven't asked the White House to fund or promote the campaign, as they can't do such things, but the fact is that Michelle Obama has issued a statement indicating that she doesn't wear fur, and the world should know that in PETA's eyes, that makes her pretty fabulous," said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk.

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