Obama's swift swat
You may have caught Obama's interview with CNBC the other day, where the president garnered attention (what else is new?) for deftly swatting a fly that was buzzing around his arm. The little event circulated in the media, as just about everything ol' Barack does these days, and racked up some major views on YouTube. But PETA was none too pleased—it wasn't long before the animal rights group dubbed Obama's swat an "execution."The organization had some other words aimed at the president as well, which it posted on its website: (via Politico)
"In a nutshell, our position is this: He isn't the Buddha, he's a human being, and human beings have a long way to go before they think before they act."
In order to express their displeasure at Obama's animal cruelty—and evidently to supply him with an alternative means for ridding a room of pesky insects—PETA also mailed the president a device that traps flies so they can be released outdoors without being harmed. A PETA spokesperson apparently explained their gift with the following statement: "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."
After PETA had garnered a little criticism for its perceived condemnation of Obama, it fleshed out it's reasoning as follows:
When the media began contacting us in droves for a statement, we obliged, simply by saying that the president isn't the Buddha and shouldn't be expected to do everything right—if not for that, we would not have brought it up. It's the media who are making a big deal about the fly swat—not PETA. However, we took the opportunity, when asked, to point out that we do offer lots of ways in which to control insects of all kinds without harming them. There is even a chapter in PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book, Making Kind Choices, about how to rid your home of "uninvited guests."
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