Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chris Christie Killed a Spider. So...?

The lunatic fringe group known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are flapping and squawking because Chris Christie killed a spider. If a left-winger had called out the whole taxpayer-funded security staff to kill a ladybug, would P.E.T.A. have made a sound?

http://junkscience.com/2013/05/04/tangled-web-peta-hits-chris-christie-for-killing-spider-meanwhile-spider-bite-alleged-to-kill-metal-band-guitarist/

Fair disclosure: most spiders don't bite, and are easy to relocate if you don't want them in the house. I get along pretty well with spiders. The Cat Sanctuary has a rich variety of them; since we don't poison insects, the spiders have all the nuisance insects they can eat, and I'm grateful.

But if somebody in New Jersey kills an innocent spider in a reflexive reaction to something of similar size that's more common in most of New Jersey...

(http://priscillaking.blogspot.com/2013/03/are-cockroaches-coming-to-gate-city.html)

...it's not as if that spider were as endangered, or as likely to be missed, as the cats and dogs P.E.T.A. is trying to render extinct.