Although it is a beautiful picture First Lady Michelle Obama did not give Peta permission to use her image in an ad. Mrs. Obama appears in the ad with celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood and Tyra Banks — three others who have shunned fur. The ads are appearing in Washington’s Metro stations, magazines and PETA’s Web site. It is obvious that the images are photoshopped on the cover to make the women look like they are standing against the issue of fur wearing folks. Peta says it has no plans to remove the posters. “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,” the organisation’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, said.
The president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Ingrid Newkirk, said her organization wouldn’t have sought Mrs. Obama’s consent for the anti-fur ad because it knows that she can’t make such an endorsement.
The organization, which maintains animals are ours neither to eat nor wear, is honoring four “fabulous” fur-free women.
“Tyra Banks first renounced fur 15 years ago when she modeled a faux-fur hat, complete with a ‘no fur’ button, for PETA,” the organization says on its site. “Oprah, who refuses to wear real fur or feature it in O magazine, was named PETA’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2008 for her efforts to educate her millions of viewers about the cruelty of puppy mills and factory farms.”
Even though the first lady’s deputy press secretary, Semonti Mustaphi, told a US newspaper in June last year that “Mrs Obama does not wear fur”, her office has contacted Peta to warn that the group is using her image without consent. Michelle Obama’s deputy press secretary, Semonti Stephens, confirmed that “Mrs. Obama does not wear fur,” PETA reports.
PETA included the first lady in its Washington ad campaign based on White House confirmation that she does not wear fur.