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PETA to President: Clean Out Your Closet

Written by PETA | January 22, 2008

Last week, there were a lot of news reports mentioning the fact that President Bush had turned up for a dinner with Saudi King Abdullah wearing a full-length fur-lined robe. It’s probably for the best that there aren’t any available images of this little fashion disaster, but we did confirm that the President had received the robe as a gift from the king, which prompted this response from PETA VP Dan Mathews:

“President Bush should learn from his mother, who refused the offer of a free fur coat for his dad’s inauguration. I can’t imagine he’d embrace the pimp look anyway.”

The damage is done as far as the animals are concerned, but we’re hoping the President will consider donating the robe to our anti-fur campaign. We have a great program in which old furs are given to homeless people who can’t afford to buy coats (the only people who have any excuse to wear fur), so we’d be sure to put it to good use. You can read PETA President Ingrid Newkirk’s appeal to the President here.

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  • Antigone1000 says:

    Kurt K It is easy for you to look lightly upon the suffering of animals when you know you will never experience it personally. If you were forced to endure the horrors of the slaughterhouse you would understand that the species of the victim does not affect the level of suffering and that human suffering and animal suffering are EXACTLY EQUAL in the eyes of the victim. Your opinion about fur is irrelevant because it just illustrates your belief that it is appropriate for you to determine what suffering is acceptable and what is not. That decision is rightly only left to the sufferer not someone watching from the sidelines.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antigone I must have misread your previouis post about the shoes. I thought you meant shoes made by a Jewish prisoner. I didn’t know you meant shoes made of a Jewish prisoner. In that case then I would not want those shoes to be used. I don’t know where I have been a hypocrite I have always said that I am for the needs of humans over the needs of animals. Why won’t you acknowledge me statements against the fur industry? I am not for that business I have said that many times. In this case I do think it is unecessary and cruel to kill an animal only for its fur. Again I still think the Holocaust and the fur industry are light years apart and the shouldn’t be compared to one another. Human suffering to me is the most important issue that this world faces.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Kurt K I think you would get quite a bit of opposition in letting anyone use shoes made of humans. Look how many people yourself included I believe wrote in support of DEAD people over LIVING animals KFC Graveyard blog. You couldn’t deal with a controversial sentiment on a tombstone so don’t say that you would allow a poor person to wear shoes made of a human so that you can make your argument seem more legitimate. In light of your other posts it is obvious that you are just being a hypocrite.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antigone Okay givin that scenario I would suggest the shoes be put in the Holocaust Museum in D.C. Yet again your hypotheticals are the extreme type that involve one of the worst human tragedies of all time. This is going back to the argument that the slaughter of animals is the “same” as the Holocaust. I don’t agree. Back to the original arguement if the shoes would help a poor person in need of a good pair of shoes I would definitely say let them have the shoes. At least in the end the shoes benefited some one in need. I would bet that person who made the shoes would agree. Except if the person recieving the shoes turned out to be a skin head.

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Kurt K I find them extremely comparable but since you cannot make the connection I’ll give you another scenario. Let’s say that a poor person has no shoes but there happen to be a pair of shoes laying around that were made from a Jewish person in a concentration camp. Wellthe Jewish person IS already dead and this poor homeless person IS shoeless……. Do you see the similarity now??

  • Antigone1000 says:

    Kurt K I understand your pointthe animal is already dead why not benefit someone?? Same argument I made previouslythe child has already been molested why not benefit someone? You always start from the premise that animal abuse is okay whereas I start from the premise that it is NOT okay. As child abuse is not okay so animal abuse is not okay.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antigone This is going nowhere you don’t want to understand my point!

  • Antigone1000 says:

    KurtK If you are talking about child porn that is already in existence and fur coats that are already in existence they are equal. I am not suggesting that we exploit children just that the existing porn not go to waste. There is no “good” in a fur coat just a ton of suffering. In light of all the alternatives we have to keep warm I don’t see any reason we need to give anyone fur.

  • Kurt K says:

    Antigone just so we are clear here I do not support killing animals for their fur! Having said that a poor person is not a criminal he is just cold. A pedophile is a criminal and needs to be stopped and arrested. Like I said I see the correlation but I fail to see the comparison. One is doing good the other is doing bad!

  • Antigone1000 says:

    KurtK That is exactly what I am suggesting. The pedophile needs a sexual outlet why not let him get one from alreadyexisting child porn? That way the child was not exploited in vain and it will prevent the pedophile from exploiting another child thereby helping a fellow “child.” Yehsounds like we are making the exact same argument…..

  • Kurt K says:

    Antigone You have got to be the most negative person I have ever experienced. You always draw correltations with the bad side of humanity. The difference bt what I was suggesting and you just ranted about is my idea would benefit a cold person. You suggest exploiting children to pedaphiles. That is wrong beyond in every way. The fact is these old fur coats exsist. If you could use them to benefit people who really need them why wouldn’t you. This way the animal didn’t die in vain. At least in death the animal is helping a fellow “animal”. Seems to me you don’t like MAN!

  • Antigone1000 says:

    KurtK Well how about this. Why don’t we let people look at child porn provided they did not create it? After allit already exists why not let someone get some enjoyment out of it? Because it represents suffering and mistreatment experienced by someone right??

  • Kurt K says:

    Antigone Why so mean? First of all my skin wouldn’t be as warm as say a beaver or mink I don’t have fur. Secondly I didn’t voluteer the fleshas you put it. If you read back through the posts you would know that the discussion started when someone asked what they do with old fur coats? Somebody then said they should give them to the poor since they could be used for good. Next somebody said it was wrong to use fur no matter what the circumstance. And all I said was “tell that to a person who is freezing cold!” You see I didn’t say go and kill millions of animals to keep the poor from freezing. I said we might as well use what we have already available for the homeless. Is there something wrong with that to help a fellow human stay warm?

  • Antigone1000 says:

    KurtK In light of your concern perhaps you could offer your skin or the skin of your child to keep that poor homeless person warm. No?? Then don’t be volunteering the flesh of someone else.

  • Kurt K says:

    Tell that to a person who is freezing cold!

  • kel says:

    It is not ethical or acceptableby genaral standardsto agree to skin animals even to cloth the poor. Fur should not be worn as it shows a person’s bad character and coldhearted indifference. Now that the animal is skinneddon’t look at its fur. Its not right to say that the poor have an excuse to wear fur.

  • Kurt K says:

    Nicely said Jack! I wrote something similar awhile back but it is good see someone else is seeing the big picture here!

  • Cecilia Maestro says:

    I’m inspired by your campaignes PETA! Now I don’t feel alone in my opinions and values. Thanks for that C.Maestro

  • Jack says:

    I really don’t see what everyone is FREAKING OUT about. it was a gift no it was a gesture to our country from theirs. and by not accepting this gesture he would be insulting the Saudi King Abdullah and his culture. we have to be aware that the world is full of people of differnt cultures and we don’t all see the world the same way. im sure none of you have been in any Saudi’s shoes so you can’t say that you understand 100. we should be angry at people for wearing fur which is till used by Inuit tribes in the arctic we should be angry with the people who farm animals for their fur cruely and inhumanly. How do we know that the fur coat wasn’t made 20 years ago? do you honestly think that we kill the animals for that coat before he got on the plane? you just have to think about things before i think someone already mentioned it write a letter demanding the president of our country which is a very hard and stressful job and you should give him more credit even thou you may hate him to get ride of a gift that will strengthen our relations with a middle eastern country. oh and by the way. some said that with out kings or presidents there would be less violence.. that is pretty ignorant for someone to even say that… why don’t you read a history book it will open your eyes.

  • Michelle Warren says:

    I totally agree with you Tee! I read your statement it was beautiful touching. We had Felix a male black white cat for over 14 years he died of old age. Felix has been passed away for 3 years now I still miss him think about him he was the best! Never scratched or bit me or our 10 year old son once when my son was born I worried how Felix would respond to him I had nothing to worry about! He loved my son! Felix was a stray. There are so many animals out there needing a good home why buy one just because it has a “pedigree” Michelle Southern California

  • Brooke W says:

    Does anyone know if Peta is supporting any of the Presidential Candidates? And which candidates? Thanks I’m a huge animal supporter and that’s my number one issue…

  • Kurt K says:

    Fionuala When did I say anything about Saudi Arabia caring about our rights? Did you even read what I posted or did you read what everybody said about me and then just piled on. All i said was I thought it was wrong to critisize Pres. Bush for accepting a gift from another foreign dignitary. It really doesn’t matter where the foreign dignitary is from it is just common curtosy to be polite to others. What did you want Bush to do throw the coat down and say “I can’t accept this”? The point I was try to make was I think there is a bigger picture here than a fur coat. Whether fur is wrong pales in comparison in this case. A countries foriegn relations is more important.

  • Caboose says:

    Judith Dont you mean they bathe in OIL?

  • erica says:

    hey im not going to argue with any of the shitty headed anti peta people commenting but this site is for people who like animals obviosly your mothers havent told you any better if you don’t like animal rights quit sitting on your butt arguing to peta people and go exercise.

  • Maya, C.V.T. says:

    Hi Ashley! Yes it is extremely scary but hopefully the time is coming to toss his butt out of the White House! We truly can’t afford to let this dictator stay there for one more second. I’m with you sister. Thank you Ana and like you I am an optimist and I think that even the most hard headed people may open their hearts one day so I agree we should never stop trying ever. Many blessings Hey Jacklyn! Yes I agree with you we should never give up completely and yes the poor poor polar bears are in so much trouble and the censorship situation is just as scary as the wiretapping. Very sinister. Let’s hope we’re done with this joker soon!

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