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PETA Pulls Michelle Obama Anti-Fur Ad

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PETA said it's pulling its anti-fur ad featuring Michelle Obama as the White House had asked it to do.

But it wants something from the Obama White House as well. It wants the Obama Administration to denounce Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey for naming a young elephant Baby Barack.

An excerpt from the Associated Press:

Michael McGraw, a PETA spokesman, said the decision to pull the Michelle Obama ad campaign, which also featured Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood and Tyra Banks, was "to show good faith."

In PETA's view, the use of the Obama name by the circus is far more disturbing. In a letter Tuesday to the president, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk urges the White House to demand a name change for Baby Barack.

"'Baby Barack' is not even a year old, but his curious and energetic childhood has been cut tragically short while Ringling attempts to profit from your popularity by putting him on the road to perform in the circus," Newkirk wrote.

Norfolk-based PETA says the circus elephants are abused and the babies are taken from their mothers prematurely.

Vienna, Va.-based Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, says its elephants are well cared for and add that using the name Barack is intended as an honor.