As we all know, human beings often don't think before they act. We don't condemn President Obama for acting on instinct. When the media began contacting us in droves for a statement, we obliged, simply by saying that the president isn't the Buddha and shouldn't be expected to do everything right—if not for that, we would not have brought it up. It's the media who are making a big deal about the fly swat—not PETA. However, we took the opportunity, when asked, to point out that we do offer lots of ways in which to control insects of all kinds without harming them, including the humane bug catcher we sent President Obama. There is even a chapter in PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book Making Kind Choices about how to rid your home of "uninvited guests."OK? Nobody showed up at the White House in fly costumes so just let it go.
UPDATE - and this non-story has made it to the top of Reddit. Well, I suppose if you will do anything to get publicity, people will start to believe you will do anything to get publicity. And it's the number 4 item on Twitter right after #iranelection, AT&T and iphone. Wow.