By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Last week, when President Barack Obama killed a fly during an interview, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged him to be more compassionate toward “even the smallest and least” of creatures. However, when asked about the killing of unborn humans, they claimed to have no “specific position.”
According to a report by LifeSiteNews.com, PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich, who identifies himself as a pro-life Catholic, said that as an organization, the group has no “a specific position on abortion, just as we don’t have a specific position on global poverty, or any of the other areas where many noble people are working very diligently.”
He went on to say that he finds it “loathsome and “grotesquely hypocritical” that pro-life people oppose abortion but are unconcerned about the mistreatment of chickens and other animals used in the food industry.
“Ok, as somebody who has been going to pro-life rallies, and who has done rescues, and who has been involved for more than 20 years, I find it grotesquely hypocritical that people who say they are pro-life will, every time they sit down to eat, make a choice to add to the level of misery and cruelty in the world,” he was quoted as saying.
“These are God’s creatures too, and these industries have turned God’s creatures into basically widgets. No abuse is too extreme.”
“What can you do about abortion?” asked Friedrich. “You can tell people not to do it. Some people will listen some people won’t. You can go to demonstrations, you can write letters. There are a lot of things that we could do but it’s all indirect (but) every time you sit down to eat you’re paying people to deny God’s creatures everything that’s natural to them, to slit their throats open while they’re still completely conscious.”
PETA is planning to send the president a “humane bug catcher,” a device that allows users to trap a fly inside, then release it outdoors.
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