People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a bone to pick with the man who helped shape little Barack Obama’s imaginings. In his autobiographical “Dreams of my Father,” Obama recounts how as a child his stepfather fed him dog meat, which the author described as “tough.”
“A child has an excuse,” scolded the morally superior spokesperson for the animal rights organization, “but grownups all should know by now that disgusting condition of slaughterhouses and fear and suffering that animals endure on factory farms and try a vegetarian diet that’s good for them, animals, and the environment,” said PETA’s Nicole Dao to the Daily Caller.
Much has been made of Mitt Romney’s 1983 decision to take his dog Seamous on a family trip to Canada – locked in a crate for twelve hours while lashed to the roof of the family vehicle.
“So why did you strap your dog to the roof of the car?” asked ABC News anchor Dian Sawyer. “It was, to me, a kinder thing to bring him along than to leave him in the kennel for … two weeks,” Ann Romney said in defense of her husband.
The Boston Globe implied that the incident showed a darker side to Romney’s character, “The episode has become something of a measuring stick for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s human compassion, with critics saying it showed heartlessness …”
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” said the half-naked Indian statesman and philosopher Mahatma Gandhi.
This November, our choices for president are a man who would lash us to the roof before taking us for a ride or a man who, as the Declaration of Independence once said of a king, “sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance” … which might just include your best friend.