Thursday, June 18, 2009

Why PETA Is Upset With Obama For Swatting At A Fly

Wednesday, President Barack Obama swatted away a fly during an interview with CNBC at the White House and caused a media frenzy in doing so.

Quickly, members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals jumped on the issue and criticized Obama for killing a living organism. said that PETA will be sending Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

It's kind of absurd that PETA would feel so strongly about the president swatting away a fly, but perhaps Obama really angered them when he killed the fly. After the fly landed on his hand, he waited patiently and then used his other hand to squish the creature.

"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."

As of now, the White House has no comment on the incident.

Personally, I think it's ridiculous because everyone has swatted at a fly. It's a natural reaction to block one's face when something is buzzing around it. Am I wrong?

If you think so then tell me. Comment below.