PETA Remembers Fur-Free First Lady Barbara Bush

For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2018

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk regarding Barbara Bush:

PETA will always remember Barbara Bush as the first lady who refused to wear the fur coat she was offered for her husband’s inauguration and instead smiled and waved at the PETA members with “No Fur!” signs standing outside the celebration. She leaves a legacy of compassion for animals that has been followed by Michelle Obama, Melania Trump, and other fur-free first ladies around the world.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear or abuse in any other way,” and more information about the group is available at

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind