PETA has a few words for President Obama: Brush, don’t kill. After the President very publicly swatted and then killed a fly during an interview with CNBC yesterday, the outspoken animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) said they wished Obama had served a better example.Just in case you missed it.
“We support compassion for the even the smallest animals," says Bruce Friedrich, VP for Policy at PETA. “We support giving insects the benefit of the doubt." Friedrich says PETA supports "brushing flies away rather than killing them" and was disappointed that the President had gone ahead and squashed the pesky fly.
This afternoon PETA sent a Katcha Bug, a device which traps bugs and allows their safe release back into nature to the White House. PETA hopes the President will use the catcher but has no far not received communication back from the White House, although they did not ask for specific correspondence.
Friedrich admits that despite his fly-swatting ways, the President has been a champion for animal rights in the past. PETA claims to be pleased by Obama’s denouncement of factory farming, Canadian seal hunting and Michelle Obama’s stance against wearing fur.
No offense to our resident animal lovers here at AB.com, but does Peta realize how friggin' ridiculous this sounds? What did they want the President to do, let the insect fly into his mouth? Is this a subtle "Eff you, Barry!" to get back at Obama for not following through on his promise to get his kids a shelter dog? Seriously, they can't be serious.
Question: Is Peta serious, or is today actually April 1st?
PETA Says No More Fly-Killing, Sends Obama a Humane Fly Catcher [ABC]