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No Outrage From PETA Over Obama's Fly Killing

We expected more outrage from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, over President Obama's brutal slaying of an innocent fly. Alas, the typically shrill group doesn't really seem to care.

PETA's Alisa Mullins writes on the group's blog, "Believe it or not, we've actually been contacted by multiple media outlets wanting to know PETA's official response to the executive insect execution. 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."

Instead of being outraged, PETA is seeking to capitalize on the president's now famous fly-swatting incident (the White House disdains such commercial ride-alongs). On its Web site and blog, the animal rights group is prominently selling its Katcha Bug, which allows bug lovers to humanely trap insects in order to take them outdoors and release them back into the wild where they belong.

"Check out our handy-dandy bug catcher--one of which we are sending to President Obama for future insect incidents," Mullins writes on the blog. "I can tell you from personal experience that it sure came in handy the other day, when one of my cats was chasing the World's Largest Palmetto Bug around the house."

There is a fly buzzing around the Sleuth as she writes this. No time to order the Katcha Bug. Sorry, PETA, but if we thought we had half as good a shot as Obama, we would swat the fly into oblivion. And that's coming from a lacto-ovo vegetarian since age 10!

By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 18, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
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I demand ethical treatment *from* flies before I will extend ethical treatment *to* flies. As soon as they stop spreading disease and filth, I'll gladly extend the hand (or mandible or what have you) of friendship.

Posted by: nodebris | June 18, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, given that "Palmetto bugs" are in fact a nice euphemism for COCKROACHES, I somehow doubt that any mere squashing is actually going to hurt it.

And if it does, honestly, I can live with that.

Posted by: | June 18, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Of course the media goes to the nitwits for comments. Where else can they find fools who will willingly demonstrate their profound ignorance?

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 18, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse


Coward liar Barack HUSSEIN Obama "Apologist in chief", how can he keep his nonsense promise during his campaign, that is, negotiating with U.S. enemies such as North Korea and Iran, which have never respected any treaty with U.S., especially when North Korea just launched many missile and nuclear tests and planned to fire missile toward Hawaii, not mentioning illegally arrested and sentenced two American journalists Laura Ling and Eunu Lee to twelve years of labor, while Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an extremist who called for Israel to be wiped off the map and denied the holocaust, was just re-elected by fraud. Is Obama going to bow to Kim Jong Il and Ahmadinejas as he did to King Abdulla of Saudi Arabia to gain his peace deals? Is he willing to convert to Islam, his Kenyan father and Indonesian step father's religion, to meet Osama Bin Laden's requirement that in order to end the Iraq war, U.S. troop withdrawal is not enough, Americans must reject their democratic system and embrace Islam? Just recently, Obama said that he would support Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections, giving a green light to Teheran's ambituous uranium enrichment program, which can be used for its discreet nuclear bomb development program as well, without suffering sanctions and economic isolation as it currently endures. Does Obama want Iran to become another North Korea using its nuclear power to terrorize the U.S and its allies? Worst still, Obama refused to show support for pro-democracy protesters and denounce the brutal regime for the deaths of seven demontrators, fearing to be seen as interfering in Iran's internal affairs so that he could not pursue a nuclear deal with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader. In fact, Obama sided with the regime, citing that there was not a bit of difference between the two candidates, a moderate Mir Hossein Mousavi and hardcore extremist Ahmadinejad. A big mouth for change at home, he does not want to see any change in Iran. Is he going to turn a blind eye to another Tianamen Square massacre committed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard? As for a Palestinian state demanded by Obama, it will undoubtedly soon become a TERRORIST state under control of terrorist militant group Hamas, which is the most powerful and popular force with its goal to destroy Israel and which won a majority seats in the current Palestinian National Authority in 2006 election and ousted Fatah militant group of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas of Gaza in 2007. Last but not least, Obama ordered to stop waterboarding tactic used by CIA, even it worked well on terrorist suspects like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-describer planner of 9-11 attacks who provided CIA with valuable information, preventing more 9-11 attacks and saving thousands of American lives.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 18, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, PETA, I'm about to crank up my electrified bugbusters and lay waste to a few thousand mesquetoes, a few hundred flys along with a sortment of other flying insects. It's a nightly show! Ya' want that I should give them ethical treatment? Sure, after they promise to stop carrying disease and spreading viruses. Ever hear of canine heartworm or equine encepholitis?


Musta' been a slow news day, poor fly!


Posted by: AbqBel | June 18, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse


What does you post have to do with the subject of the article you are supposed to be commenting on?

Posted by: janye1 | June 19, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who would listen to that Sanctimonious outfit pretty much gets what they deserve, as far as Fleecing. Simply look up and see if I am lying.
Just another bunch of Hypocrites.

Posted by: molinric | June 22, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

gee whiz-Pres. Obama did the same as the enemies of peace-get that sucker,if he is annoying you !-Peace.. !!

Posted by: harveyharv | June 22, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse must have been a slow news day!

Posted by: mel-wagner | June 23, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Let's see . . . you don't like it when PETA gets upset about something, and you also don't like it when they don't get upset? Please, make up your mind.

Oh, wait - I get it now. It's that you don't like when they don't give you a reason to whine. It's actually pretty funny how you just go ahead and invent something to complain about.

Nothing to do but shake my head in wonderment at this latest little example of the opportunistic side of human nature. LOL!

Posted by: bettbee | June 23, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

peta is defending disease-carrying insects?


Posted by: bs2004 | June 23, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

For Obama swating a fly is a step in the right direction. This is a president that thinks extending the time of Twittering is the proper response to Iran's shooting of demonstators. At least he is showing some intestinal fortitude. After Iran slaughters a couple of hundred more maybe Obama will ask that ship on the high seas, the one allegedly carrying weapons, to slow down.

We are a long way from "our finest hour" kind of thing, but you have to go with what you got.

Give em hell Barack!

Posted by: masssgt | June 24, 2009 5:47 AM | Report abuse

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