A Canadian Member of Parliament says PETA should be labeled as a “terrorist” organization after a protester pushed a pie into the face of Canadian fisheries minister Gail Shea while Shea was giving a speech Monday in Burlington, Ontario.
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The CBC reports that MP Gerry Byrne of Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, said the action was threatening and intimidating, and puts seal hunters at risk.
“There has to be a review whether or not PETA has crossed the line now by attacking a federal minister of the Crown for the purpose of public intimidation of an office-holder,” Byrne told CBC News on Tuesday.
PETA’s president Ingrid Newkirk said the MP was blowing the situation out of proportion.
“Mr. Byrne’s reaction is a silly, chest-beating exercise that is unlikely to impress anyone who has a heart for animals or who is bright enough to spot the difference between a bomb and a tofu cream pie,” Newkirk said in a statement reported by the CBC.
The pie-wielding woman was identified as Emily McCoy of New York City, and she was protesting what PETA called “the government’s ill-advised sanction of the seal slaughter.”
McCoy was charged with assault.
Read more at CBC.ca.