Michelle Obama appears in a new ad with three other high-powered, high-profile women – Oprah Winfrey, Tyra Banks and Carrie Underwood – to decry the ills of slaughtering helpless animals for their fur. The only problem, according to White House officials, is that PETA never got the first lady’s permission.
Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said that her group never asked the first lady for permission because she knew that Mrs. Obama isn’t at liberty to make such an endorsement. PETA said, however, that it received White House confirmation that Mrs. Obama does not wear fur.
Still, in other instances, the Obamas have requested not to be involved in commercial advertisements. Winfrey, Banks and Underwood also do not wear fur.