People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)'s VP for Policy says
“We support compassion for the even the smallest animals," says Bruce Friedrich, “We support giving insects the benefit of the doubt."PETA blog post by Alisa Mullins reads:
Well, I guess it can't be said that President Obama wouldn't hurt a fly. The commander in chief was recently pestered by a fly during an interview. He swatted at the insect and killed the little guy instantly.ABC blog later reported that:
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.
If all this has you wondering how you can be a bigger person (figuratively, as well as literally) in your dealings with exoskeletal beings, check out our handy-dandy bug catcher—one of which we are sending to President Obama for future insect incidents. 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.
PETA sent a Katcha Bug, a device which traps bugs and allows their safe release back into nature to the White House.You can read more on this 'awkward breaking news' online, for now, watch these two videos: