In 2009, PETA harshly criticized President Barack Obama for swatting a fly during a televised interview. The animal rights – and apparently insect rights as well – group condemned the merciless act even going so far to label the moment as an “executive insect execution.”
Four years later, PETA is showing that its outrage wasn’t politically based by denouncing a Republican for the same action. On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office posted a video showing the Garden State’s Number One smashing a spider on his desk in front of a group of visiting school children. Christie bragged about his actions in a Tweet that read, “Earlier today I saved a few school children from a spider #nobigdeal #toughdayattheoffice.”
Ingrid Newkirk, president of People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals, wasn’t impressed with Christie’s actions or his bragging. She told Talking Points Memo that the Governor’s killing was a thoughtless act. Newkirk went on to say, “He probably did it without thinking. Some people put the spider outside, but spiders are often scary to people, and that can prevent them from pondering their worth.”
Pondering their worth?