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Obama’s Fur-Free and Animal-Friendly Welcome

Written by PETA | January 14, 2009
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Next week’s historic presidential inauguration is being touted as the “greenest” of all time, so of course, we at PETA will be there in all our green glory!

Tomorrow, we’ll already be on the streets of D.C. handing out fur coats to the homeless. Yep, you read that right. See, fur does nothing to raise a person’s social status. On the contrary, only if you have nothing do you actually have any real excuse for wearing someone’s cast-off fur. Next—to show our appreciation to all the fur-free folks attending the inaugural festivities in the cold—we’ll be serving free hot soy cocoa in PETA cups printed with the message, “Thank you for not wearing fur.”

D.C. fur coat giveaway
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If you’ll be in D.C., keep an eye out for PETA staffers and members dressed as foxes, raccoons, and rabbits and wearing pins that read, “Be Fur-Free.”(Yes, they’ll pose for photos.) If that isn’t enough excitement for you, the peta2 “not-a-nugget” chick, “cows,” and “pigs” will also be working the crowds with signs reading, “Yes We Can: Go Vegetarian!” They’ll also be handing out copies of our free “Vegetarian Starter Kit.” Even if you don’t spot a PETA mascot, you’ll probably catch a pedicab adorned with PETA’s anti-fur ads.

As you know, fur is anything but green, folks. It’s treated with chemicals (to keep it from decomposing, ewww), and the production of the ugly stuff pollutes rivers and streams with tannery runoff. It also takes 15 times the energy to produce a fur coat than it does to produce a faux-fur one. Then there’s the business of ripping animals from their natural environment and killing them painfully. We’re thinking that if Styrofoam isn’t allowed, then fur certainly has no place at the inauguration.

So, here’s to a truly green inaugural celebration.

Also, if you would like to donate your “change of heart” fur to us, click here. We’ll make sure it is put to good use: We send donated furs to animal sanctuaries so that rescued animal orphans can be comforted by them. We also cut them up for refugee children in war zones and use them in educational displays.

Written by Missy Lane

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  • Paul says:

    I agree with the anti fur stance although not giving the fur coats away to homeless people. Why not just give them ordinary clothes people don’t want? Use the fur coats to stage protests by smearing them with fake blood and wearing them.

  • devlin says:

    yes thank u obama is president and not palin ewww sshe hunts alot i was afraid she would make everyone hunt … or osmething to hurt animals im so glad i hope obama makes testing illegal

  • Greg Ross says:

    Did you all see the menu at the luncheon of the president? They had seafood and pheasant and duck!!!! I am outraged!!!! I have ducks that live near me and just to think them being eaten makes me sick and want to cry.

  • Stephanie Fogel says:

    Animal friendly? Obama’s wife was wearing a dress and coat made out of wool. That definately isnt so animal friendly!

  • Michelle says:

    It was Hag McCain not Jill Biden. But there were plenty of fur hags on both sides of the aisle. We’ll have to get the word out about peace to ALL beings. ps. wool is bad too.

  • Robin says:

    Cindy McCain has a load of furs. Anyone that wears fur looks rediculous. They always have. The torture these animals go through is not worth it. It makes you look terribly fat and they stink to mention a few. Everyone stares and frowns at people wearing fur. Glad to see Aretha wasn’t wearing fur today. The people in the audience in fur were nasty. YUCK poor animals

  • biggvil says:

    I am outraged that the new president on which we pinned so much hope allowed innocent canaries freeze to death. This oversite of ethical treatment of animals should cause all of us to rise up and denounce the thoughtlessness of this president.

  • JASMINE says:

    I hope the new age will be a success for humanity and therefore for animal rights. CRUELTY WILL STOP

  • Deedee D. says:

    My friend wrote me and said Jill Biden was wearing a fur coat and I flipped out. Thankfully at 1131 a.m. I saw Jill Biden myself and she was actually wearing a red coat…probably wool. Whew! When I wrote back to my friend and said she was wrong she said “Oops I think it was CINDY McCAIN who was wearing the fur coat.” CAN SOMEONE confirm? I’ve scoured Google looking for today’s photos of McCain and I can’t find any.

  • Karmyn says:

    Im also watching right now and am VERY dissapointed at the amount of disgusting FUR HAGS at the Inauguration. I started counting every fur coattrim and had to stop when i reached over 100 in less then 15mins Im actually shocked. I just dont understand how they can spout off about all these needed changes our country needs and not include animals……Am i just being emotional? I also dont understand why the african american culture seems to think fur has an impact on their social status. Lets pray obama shows some intrest in the welfare of animals.

  • Toni Kenyon says:

    Outrage to read in the Wall St. Journal today that PETA was bilked $5500 by Madoff’s many suborganizations just so Peta can see OBAMA. To get the publicity PETA want there should be PETA folks demonstrating in front of Madoff super luxurious apt in NYC where he is luxuriating on the animals’ hardcollected money. There are all kinds of paparazzis in front of that apt. building PETA can definitely get noticed. Much more so than in the gigantic wasteful inauguration.

  • kelly shanes says:

    Im watching right now and getting sicker by the minute with all the people wearing fur. VOMIT Im suprized beyonce wasnt wearing furry death on her back while she sangqueen fatty latifah wore fur. Bloddy crule vanity in the name of fashion! Dont they realize how stupid they look? Kinda like driving a hummer these days…dumb and pointless. LEAVE OUR ANIMALS ALONE! gosh

  • Mark K. says:

    This is a very misleading title. Obama as yet has done absolutely nothing to help the welfare of animals though admittedly he has bigger issues on his plate right now. I would have no opinion on his stance on animal welfare if it weren’t for his completely boneheaded selection of Tom Vilsack as his agricultural secretary. Vilsack has a long history of condoning and proliferating everything that PETA is against. Notably factory farming. In that particular regard Obama has not brought the “change.” Let’s hope his policies on the other issues do.

  • em says:

    Saw lots of women wearing fur coats at the inauguration on the news. Give those fur hags hell PETA!

  • emerald says:

    im sittin here with my kitty and puppy and they are both glad to know that peta will be there at the inauguration.i give you 2 thimbs up and they each give 2 paws up your amazing peta

  • aleina says:

    i think you guys are great and i wish everyone can see that. but most people dont and they dont understand the things that animals go thru just for us! but when i am older i will hope to join and help animals in the future but although keep it up

  • MA Moore says:

    Kudos to The Obamas for going fur free and animal friendly. Thank you and good luck. Maybe the Obama Administration will be followed by The Oprah Administration.

  • Tahler says:

    Judging from footage of the inauguration on the news a lot of Obama fans wear fur. It’s really sad.

  • Charlie says:

    I love everything that is going on to help animals. but when can us brits get more involved in all the work. are there any fundrasing event or anything thats happening in the uk in the near future as i would like to get involved. much love.

  • cheyenne says:

    this is amazing! obama is awsome! we should make a thing where we vote for obama to try to become veggie!

  • Jon says:

    I’m shocked to learn that at the Inaugural luncheon President Obama will be served pheasant and duck and a seafood stew with lobster scallops shrimp and cod although the recipes do look delish. This is not the way he should start the administration. We should write to change.org and ask him not to go.

  • Paws says:

    Mwahahaha! Fur wearers will suffer! mwhahahaha….Wow that coffee hasn’t worn off yet…. Anyway I got a leather wheelie chair yeeeuuukkk!!!!! and I haed it so I traded with my dad. I’ve now got a soft comfy and nonsmelling one the leather STUNK! yay new info to annoy parents…

  • Gabriel Lujan says:

    I am always amazed at PETA and what they do. AWESOME POSSUM!

  • lydia says:

    WOOOOHOOO! GO OBAMA!!! animal wearers are poozers!!!!

  • Rachel says:

    Obama is not even a vegatarian is he?

  • Marina Miladinov says:

    BRAVO! Old fur coats shouldn’t be just thrown away since that would mean that the animals died for nothing. Let these sad remnants of cruel times do something good for the homeless and the deprived children! Greetings from Croatia!

  • roxanne says:

    Chelsey the vote ended yesterday. The vegan lunch option didn’t make it to the top 10 but it was in 14th place and that speak volumes. OF all the issues we face today vegan lunch option came in 14th place. More people know that veganism will solve a lot of our problems global crisis financial crisis humanity etc. it is all linked. I hope someone inform Obama how many people support veganism.

  • chelsy says:

    to TINA How do you vote for the vegan lunch option i went to the site and i didnt say were to vote…unless its already over

  • Kitsuna says:

    yay I likes Obama I am happy he is making changes i was afraid that sporthunting Palin might become president ewwugggl! shudders I have personal experience against fur. My best friend is a red fox

  • Anita50882 says:

    What do you use in your ads that looks like feathers? It looks so convincing! I pray that Obama will bring some muchneeded positive change to Washington.

  • roxanne says:

    People should vote for the vegan lunch option. It is in 14th place right now and if it makes it to the top 10 then change.org will present the idea to Obama. please vote httpwww.change.orgideas?ordertoplistSection 7195 Vegan school lunch options Require USDA to facilitate healthful plantbased vegan school lunch options to promote public health freedom from hunger environmental quality nonviolence and kindness to animals. The Problem Under the mandate from the U.S. Depar… posted by Alex Hershaft Advocate for healthful nonviolent diets Bethesda MD 14th Place 821 comments

  • TINA says:

    I WOULD LOVE TO BE AT THE INAUGURATION! HERE IS A STORY I THINK YOU ALL WOULD LIKE. A FRIEND OF MINE WORKS AT THE BEVERLY CENTER IN BEVERLY HILLS. AT CHRISTMAS TIME HE SAID A LADYFUR HAG WAS WEARING A LONG FUR COAT. ANOTHER LADY PURCHASED AN EXTRA LARGE REDBLUE ICEE AND POURED IT ALL OVER HER. THEN THE TWO HAD A KNOCK DOWN FIGHT. I WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN THAT! LOL. HEY DID YOU GUYS SEE THE NEWS TODAY? VICTORIA BECKHAM IS DOING AD’S FOR ARMANI! SHE MUST NOT KNOW HE USES REAL FUR. MAYBE PETA COULD SEND HER A LETTER.

  • CN says:

    I witnessed a surprise mink coat donation last night for the purpose of tomorrow’s giveaway. It was inspiring!

  • Gen says:

    Does a wool coat count as fur? I got one this year AS A GIFT its an absolutely gorgeous peacoat sorry and being otherwise coatless am wearing it for the winter. I don’t exactly have money to replace it and didn’t have a gift receipt to return it either. But once I’ve gotton most of the use out of it I would definately gladly donate it AND never support wool ever ever again. PLUS I’ve told the gift giver not to buy me wool in the future. Now if only I could make my mom get rid of those nasty Uggs… Go PETA!