President Obama wowed the media when he swatted a fly during a CNBC interview this week, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) was not happy that the president squashed the innocent insect. Thanks to PETA, Mr. Obama is now the proud owner of Katcha Bug, a trap and release device which allows bugs to be freed back into nature as opposed to a flat mess. ABC’s Sunlen Miller reports:
“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.
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.”
While PETA gets their knickers in a twist over the death of a fly, petakillsanimals.com is saying PETA still refuses to clean up their own animal mess.