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The Washington Post is reporting that Michelle Obama has released a statement saying she does not wear fur after Carla Bruni released a similar statement to PETA. This is a huge step forward, although it is important to note that in her statement Carla Bruni made the erroneous, albeit far too common assumption, that animal skin used to produce leather is always a biproduct of the meat industry. For more information regarding how your leather is actually procured, please see the video following the article. The video is disturbing, but not nearly as disturbing as the fact that millions of people will refrain from educating themselves about the realities of this industry because the truth is too upsetting, yet will continue to buy leather as if what they're buying is some how exempt from the truth they consider too horrific to even acknowledge.
Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni: Down with Fur!
One day after French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy told PETA that she no longer wears real fur, made her own animal-friendly announcement.
"Mrs. Obama does not wear fur," deputy press secretary Semonti Mustaphi said.
Obama and Bruni-Sarkozy - who have met twice in recent months - are both widely known as celebrity fashion icons as well as prominent political wives.
PETA pushed Carla Bruni-Sarkozy - who was photographed wearing what appeared to be real fur - in particular to donate her coats to the homeless.
"I do not wear, buy or own fur or animal skin other than leather or skin of animals raised for feeding purposes," she wrote to PETA, adding, "I am not a vegetarian, and I don't find it illogical to wear skins of animals whose meat is eaten."
Could a Carla Bruni nude PETA campaign be in the works? Here's hoping!
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FUR REAL: Don't expect Michelle or Carla to don mink coats anytime soon.
Unlike Carla, Michelle wasn't targeted by PETA, which says the wife of is "known to be fur-free," according to PETA's media coordinator, Amanda Schinke.
Still, the mother of Malia and Sasha followed suit with the former supermodel, releasing a statement that fur will never be part of the First Lady's famous wardrobe.
"For Michelle Obama, respecting animals is part of the social progress that she and her husband are working so hard to promote," PETA Senior V.P. Dan Mathews said.
"By officially rejecting fur, these two style icons will make people around the world see fur for what it is: old-fashioned and cruel."
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Perez Hilton's site, which boasts an average of between 2 and 4 million unique visitors a day, came out in support of PETA's faux initiative. Way to go Perez (a phrase that Duke psychology students the world over recognize as the highest complement)!
Not to mention that it can take three to four crocodiles to make one bag, which can sell for almost $50,000!
So we figured it was only a matter of time before PETA spoke out about the craziness of breeding crocodiles for fashion.
And, indeed, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released a statement. The animal lovers say:
The thought of purposely breeding and killing crocodiles for an outdated, overpriced handbag should make any fashionista's skin crawl. If Hermes really wants to be a leader in the fashion industry, it should stop killing animals for cold-blooded vanity and use cruelty-free mock croc and fake snake instead.
As Pink—who recently provided the voice of a computer-generated crocodile in PETA's "Stolen for Fashion" commercial—says, "Killing animals for their skins is so disgusting that it doesn't make me want to befriend designers who use them."
Faux is in!