President Obama swats a fly, and if we can believe the media, everyone is in awe of the skill with which he dispatched the pest. It’s certainly the most significant thing going on in the world this week.
Well, not everyone is in awe. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is complaining that Obama was wrong to murder the fly, because the fly is, you know, just a tiny animal, and it’s not ethical to kill animals (unless, of course, PETA itself carries out the death sentence).
AP reports that PETA wants Obama to set the example for us by practicing humane catch-and-release for this most maligned of pests:
The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House.
PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.
"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."