Pity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Ever since President Obama swatted a fly during an interview on Tuesday, people have been joking that PETA would condemn the President. It must have been hard, knowing that if they did follow through on their principles, the laughter would only increase, and PETA's already sterling reputation as a gang of nitwits would be further cemented.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said they wished Obama had served a better example.
“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.
Board members at PETA plan to issue a statement later today condemning foreign aid to African nations which seek to eradicate malarial mosquitoes, and to attack efforts by the Centers for Disease Control to develop a vaccine for the H1N1 Swine Flu virus.