PETA: We’re Okay With President Obama Eating “Roadkill,” But NOT Hanging With Bear Grylls — EXCLUSIVE STATEMENT
PETA is still not on board with President Obama’s upcoming appearance on “Running Wild With Bear Grylls.”
As Gossip Cop reported, it was announced last month that Obama will be appear on a special episode of the survival series, which features Grylls taking a celebrity into the, well, wild for a day of roughing it. Even before the episode was taped, PETA objected to the president’s participation, citing Grylls’ allegedly cruel, inhumane, and sexist past behavior. Obama still went ahead with the taping in Alaska in early September, and even proudly posted the selfie seen above on the White House’s official Instagram page.
On Tuesday, the first footage from the episode was released, showing Grylls and Obama chowing down on a salmon carcass after a bear already had its way with it. While PETA is understanding of the natural food chain in the eco system, the organization says its overall concerns about Obama’s involvement with Grylls haven’t changed.
In an exclusive statement to Gossip Cop, PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk tells us, “We’re fine with Mr. Obama eating road kill or a piece of fish rejected by a bear, but we have a big problem with the 44th president of the United States appearing on a cheap reality show whose host bullied contestants into cruelly cutting a conscious baby pig’s throat with a knife and another young woman into eating a mouse soaked in her own collected urine, neither of which was necessary.”
“Having vegan meals in the White House or celebrating meat-free Mondays would show a bigger commitment to combating climate change than larking about with a sexist, speciesist survivalist,” adds Newkirk. In other words, PETA seems to be tired of Obama preaching about climate control, conservation and equality, but seemingly not putting his money where his mouth is by teaming up with Grylls. TELL US: What do you think of PETA’s new statement?