PETA to Obama: Flies Have Feelings, Too

Group unhappy with prez's brutal fly attack

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 18, 2009 9:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least one group isn’t impressed with the president’s killer reflexes: PETA. The animal-rights group sent Obama a no-kill trap after he nailed a fly, midair, during a CNBC interview Tuesday. The bug-battling tool captures insects alive. “We support compassion for even the smallest animals,” says a spokesman, noting that PETA appreciates Obama's opposition to factory farming, seal hunting, and fur. “We support giving insects the benefit of the doubt.”

This image made from video released by CNBC, shows President Barack Obama smacking a fly dead during an interview with CNBC correspondent John Harwood.   (AP Photo/Courtesy CNBC)
The Katcha Bug fly-catcher.   (PETA)
This image made from video released by CNBC shows President Barack Obama getting ready to smack a fly during an interview with CNBC.   (AP Photo/Courtesy CNBC)
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