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Really, PETA? Really?!

June 18, 2009

WASHINGTON – The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he’s bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

“We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals,” PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. “We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals.”

I know this isn’t sports related, but it needs to be put out on a major news site. msnbc.com wasn’t big enough. We’re bringing it to the NEZ.

Seriously though, aren’t there worse things going on in the world towards animals that PETA should be worrying about other than effing house flies? I mean who in their right mind buys a fly catcher to save the miserable life of a tiny pest whose only job is to piss you off and spread germs and disease. Next they’re going to say to stop swatting mosquitoes. That one makes sense though because mosquitoes are so cute and cuddly, who would even want to swat them?

There are dogs and cats being put through unthinkable pain and suffering and torture all around the country, and these dickwads decide to focus on an insect that, honestly, I don’t even think people in PETA care enough to catch and release outside. I used to think that PETA was a little misguided in their views, but had the right idea. Now they just lost some credibility in my eyes, and I am fully convinced that a significant portion of their members and leadership is completely batshit crazy.

In case you’re curious, and I know you are, here are some facts about the common housefly:

  • The average house fly lives on average 21 days.
  • A flies wings beat 200 times per second.
  • Flies don’t grow. They are born full size.
  • Flies have 4000 lenses in each eye.
  • Flies jump up and backwards when taking off.
  • Average speed of a fly in flight is 4.5 m.p.h..
  • Flies smell with their antennae
  • Flies will only continue to beat their wings so long as their feet are free. As soon as the feet become stationary, the will stop flying.
  • Entomologists Dr. Yao and Dr. Yuan of China studied more than 378,046 common house flies and estimated that each carried no less than 1,941,000 bacteria on their bodies.

Maybe we’ll get back to sports today, if we feel like it. I wouldn’t hold your breath, though.

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