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Paul Ryan Gets Bad Dad Award

Written by Michelle Kretzer | November 28, 2012

The Father of the Year Awards aren’t until May, but Rep. Paul Ryan needn’t hold his breath: PETA has just named Ryan our Bad Dad of 2012, and we’re sending him a certificate of dishonor:

Ryan is catching heat for having his 10-year-old daughter pack heat and gun down a deer who was posing a huge threat to the duo by grazing in the woods, unarmed. Instead of spending the Thanksgiving holiday encouraging his child to appreciate nature and be kind to animals who haven’t a chance against fancy, high-powered weapons, Ryan was teaching her that killing is terrific stuff. If Ryan’s goal was to bond with his daughter, perhaps he should have considered that all animals love their offspring—including deer, whose fawns are sometimes orphaned and left to starve when hunters shoot their parents. 

The Congress member’s lesson in violence saw him beating out a mother who tied up her baby outside an off-track betting venue, a father who put a child on a motorcycle with a plastic bag over the toddler’s head instead of a helmet, and a guy who had his baby tattooed.

We have suggested plenty of helpful or at least harmless activities that Ryan and his children could engage in, such as canoeing, hiking, biking, bird watching, or even clearing the forest of hunters’ beer cans and other trash. 

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  • Bobby says:

    I believe that yall are a little mislead on hunting and hunters. Most hunters are not cruel to the animals that they chase. Its the few that are that give people who don’t hunt a bad impression. Most hunters have a great respect for their game and harvest it in an ethical and respectful way. Ethical and responsible hunters always attempt a clean shot, causing the animal as little pain possible. Hunting gives people a new found respect for nature because it shows them how intelligent and beautiful animals are. Hunting is necessary to preserve a healthy, sustainable population. Most hunters are not out to kill an animal and leave it. As I said MOST. There’s always a few morons in every group that give people a bad impression about the rest of the group. I have grown up hunting, just as my father and his father. We do not just kill an animal. We clean it and then eat it. Everything is done legally and ethically. This is how the vast majority of hunters hunt. I believe that some people look at the worst people in a group and then judge everyone else based off those few. I do not agree with just killing an animal for pleasure or enjoyment and not cleaning it and using the meat or hide. There is nothing wrong with Paul Ryan taking his daughter hunting. It will instill in her a sense of respect and admiration for nature. I dont really understand why we focus on what political figures do in their personal life because frankly it doesn’t matter all that much as long as they are not braking the law. We should vote based off who’s policies and or reforms will help the nation the best. I hope this helps some understand that hunting is not just the mindless killing of animals and that most hunters are not cruel to the game they harvest but it’s the extremely small minority that are cruel that yall are judging the rest off of. Ethical hunters feel the same way about people who are cruel as you do. This is my view based on personal experience. Thanks for reading.

  • Ashley says:

    There was a time when I believed the lies of hunters but when you look at what really goes on any intelligent person will realize that they are full of crap. First of all they claim that there are too many deer and that they are saving them from starvation but the truth is that deer can live off of bark, twigs, and dead grass when there is no lush vegetaion. They would have to be in a barren wasteland to starve, and their population is kept in check by natural predators such as wolves. If there are so many deer then why do the hunters in my area whine that they need to kill off most of the wolves and coyotes so humans will have enough deer? Human hunters are harmful to whatever population of animals that they are hunting because they kill the healthiest and strongest animals, while wolves and other natural predators kill the weak and unhealthy as nature intended. Hunters argue that what they do is more humane than farmed meat, which is true in that the animals run free and live their own lives, but there is nothing humane at all about being shot and then having their throat slashed. If you don’t actually need to hunt for your food, which I am sure that Mr. Ryan doesn’t have to, then you are killing for pleasure.

  • Anon says:

    @Sharon As long as you are responsible, there will not be mass murders. There are mass murders because nutjobs purchase guns, and no one has a gun to defend themselves.

  • pete cain says:

    thank you, americans, at least a maajority of you realize the Republicam party is not best for your future. My dad has been a Republican all his life until…the “tea party”. At 90, yes 90 years of age he was asked to be a delegate and he told them to (cover your ears) GO TO HELL! And he voted for OBAMA YEAH !!!!!!!

  • Trish says:

    Great! I cannot think of anyone who deserves it more,except maybe Mitt Romney! Like attracts like, two egotistical bullies.

  • Carmelita says:

    I didn’t vote for Obama, but it really pisses me off that he and his running mate are so cruel to animals.

  • Elsje Massyn says:

    PAUL RYAN WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? If your child turns out violent and have psycological problems when she grows up, YOU will be to blame for that – shame on you!

  • J. Rodriguez says:

    Paul Ryan is a loser is every sense of the word. Every US citizen should be grateful this person was not 2nd in command.

  • Dennis DiGiovanni says:

    I am so glad that this guy was not elected!

  • Richard says:

    HE LACKS EMPATHY I AM GLAD HE IS NOT VICE PRESIDENT OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY I AM PROUD OF. WE NEED LEADERS WHO HAVE COMPASSION.WE LUCKED OUT LAST ELECTION.

  • Alex says:

    No we teach them to kill for food seems far better they know where it comes from rather than shrink wrapped at the supermarket.

  • Megan says:

    I can’t believe people. Our job is to protect animals, not kill them. Honestly.

  • Anon says:

    If a person and a dog were about to be hit by a car, and you could only save one, which would you save?

  • Connie says:

    He and his running mate Mitt lost my vote based on their terrible treatment of animals–Mitt’s dog riding 12 hours on the car roof and Paul for his obsession with killing beautiful animals that harm no one. Shame on both of them. People who care about animals are serious threats to the career of politians that show such cruelty.

  • Sharon says:

    This is very sad. We teach our children to kill for the thrill, then we wonder why there are mass murders. Thank goodness Mr. Ryan was not elected vice-president of our country.