Picking Your Battles

PETA, it seems to me, is a good example of an organization that allows its good work to be overshadowed by not having a sense of proportion. It's stories like this one that make the average person dismiss PETA as a fringe outfit.

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."
Sorry, but a housefly's going to get swatted by 90% of people. Cockroaches are going to get stomped on (or gassed), spiders will have their webs torn down, mosquitoes will be slapped and so on. And rightly so, in my view. There's no "living in harmony" with bugs, far as I'm concerned--it's them or me, especially inside the house.

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