Former first lady Barbara Bush will be fondly remembered for her work to promote literacy, for speaking her mind with refreshing openness and honesty, and for her love for her family.

At PETA, we will always be grateful to her for setting a compassionate example by refusing to wear a fox fur coat that she was offered to wear at former president George H.W. Bush's inauguration. When she saw PETA members holding "No Fur!" signs outside the inaugural celebration, she gave them a friendly smile and waved. Other fur-free first ladies have followed in Mrs. Bush's footsteps, including Michelle Obama, Pat Nixon, France's Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Britain's Sarah Brown, and Melania Trump.

As we remember Mrs. Bush and send our condolences to her family, let's honor her legacy by speaking up for things that matter and always choosing compassionate clothing.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

President/People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Washington, DC