by ecorazzicontributor
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It must be really nice to be Michelle Obama. Not only does she have incredible style and an enviable figure, but she gets sent clothing for free! Amazing!

The 47-year old has notably been fur free in all her choices and, to up the ante, PETA sent her a faux-leather jacket to try and sway her to clean out all animal products from her closet.

The jacket is from asos.com, and is cruelty free. Along with the gift came a letter explaining to Mrs. Obama that cows raised for their flesh and skin often endure painful branding, dehorning, castration, and tail-docking, all without the help of painkillers. Additionally, once at the slaughterhouse many of these animals are skinned while they are still conscious… Disgusting.

The first lady has been on a roll with reforms, starting her “Let’s Move!” campaign to inspire healthier choices in kids, hosting an eco-friendly Easter egg roll, and penning a book about the White House garden with all proceeds going to charity.

So, in terms of PETA’s message getting through, we think it has a pretty good chance. Here’s hoping she makes an eco-fashion statement!

Via PETA

  • Annette

    I think it is a great idea for Peta to explain the benefits of cruelty free fashion to Michelle Obama, or to anyone else for that matter, but I don’t understand their choice of websites to provide the new jacket. In fact, Asos.com offers MORE 100% leather options than faux leather options on their website and many of the faux leather is mixed with boiled wool which is certainly not vegan or cruelty free.

    Why not choose a 100% Vegan Manufacturer that insures that 100% Vegan Standards are practiced from source to production?

    I get the point, but I think it was poorly executed.

  • Heather

    Annette, I think you might be giving PETA too much credit.

    • Alicia

      Actually, neither of you give PETA enough credit! I see your point, Annette, but it’s important for vegans to purchase cruelty-free products from a wide range of companies, even those that are not 100% cruelty-free, to show them how popular vegan products are and that they can get more business by offering more and more vegan products (the end goal being, of course, that they eventually offer all vegan goods). PETA.org has a great guide to cruelty-free shopping that I encourage everyone to check out!