By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
WASHINGTON, June 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to a spokesman for “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA), which recently decried President Obama’s swatting of a fly during an interview, the organization urges “compassion even for the smallest and least of animals,” but has no position on the killing of unborn human beings. A spokesman for the organization told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) in an interview that it is “loathsome” and “grotesquely hypocritical” that pro-lifers oppose abortion, but are unconcerned about the mistreatment of chickens and other animals used in the food industry.
Asked about PETA’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s killing of a fly during a recent televised interview, group spokesman Bruce Friedrich told LSN that PETA “supports compassion even for the smallest and least of animals, much as Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer who included even insects in his realm of compassion.”
However, when confronted with the example of abortion, in which unborn human beings are torn apart inside their mother’s womb, Friedrich, who admitted that humans are animals, said that “as an organization we don’t have a specific position on abortion, just as we don’t have a specific position on global poverty, or any of the other areas where many noble people are working very diligently.”