Fur Fury: White House Objects to Michelle Obama PETA Ad

Did not consent to lend her image to the campaign

By Steve Bryant
|  Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010  |  Updated 7:17 AM CDT
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Michelle Obama doesn't wear fur, and PETA thinks that's fabulous.

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The first lady may not wear fur, but her office is furious over PETA's use of her image in its latest ad campaign.

Unveiled last week in the DC area but just now drawing the ire of the White House, the animal rights advocacy group's new campaign -- "Fur-Free and Fabulous!" -- features Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood, Tyra Banks and Mrs. Obama.

PETA says the banners "feature a bevy of the smartest, most stylish, and most influential women in America," and that each of the women have indicated or stated publicly that they don't wear fur.

But the White House says they didn't consent to the use of Mrs. Obama's image, according to USAToday.

PETA, in response, said in a statement that it has not "asked the White House to fund or promote the campaign, as they can't do such things."

"But," the statement continued, "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 statement to which PETA refers came in the wake of a similar stance from France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

At the time, a PETA spokesperson said "we've never written to Michelle Obama about this issue because we have always know her to be fur-free."

However, Mrs. Obama's press secretary confirmed to The Washington Times that "Mrs. Obama does not wear fur."

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