‘Say It Ain’t So, Joe!’: PETA on Biden Fly Swatter

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2020

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk in response to reports that the Biden campaign is now selling a “Truth Over Flies” fly swatter after a fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head during last night’s debate:

We guess it’s a tradition! Just as PETA sent humane bug catchers to candidate Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama after their televised insect encounters, we’re sending one fresh from the PETA Mall to Joe Biden in the hope that his team will market these cruelty-free contraptions to kindhearted Americans, rather than taking their frustrations out on insects.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

Please note that PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ending speciesism, the human-supremacist worldview that it’s acceptable to exploit other animals because they’re “inferior.” We take no position in support of or opposition to any political party or candidate for public office.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind