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ALEXANDRIA, VA - DECEMBER 21:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama shops for Christmas presents with his dog Bo at Petsmart on December 21, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia. President Obama called on House Speaker Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH) on to urge him again to allow a vote on a Senate-passed measure that would extend a payroll tax holiday for two months.  (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) ALEXANDRIA, VA - DECEMBER 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama shops for Christmas presents with his dog Bo at Petsmart on December 21, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia. President Obama called on House Speaker Rep. John A. Boehner (R-OH) on to urge him again to allow a vote on a Senate-passed measure that would extend a payroll tax holiday for two months. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)  

PETA criticizes adults who fed Obama ‘Bo’s cousin’

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Animal rights group PETA says President Barack Obama should get a pass for his history of eating dog meat because he was a child at the time — but the adults who fed it to him shouldn’t.

“A child has an excuse, but grownups all should know by now the disgusting condition of slaughterhouses and fear and suffering that animals endure on factory farms and try a vegetarian diet that’s good for them, animals, and the environment,” Nicole Dao, a spokeswoman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told The Daily Caller.

The political world has been abuzz since TheDC’s Jim Treacher noted Tuesday that Obama admitted in his book “Dreams from My Father” that as a child in Indonesia, he “was introduced to dog meat” by his stepfather. He called it “tough” to chew.

Treacher wrote about the passage in the context of the hoopla over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s decades-old story of letting his dog, Seamus, ride on the roof of his car during family vacations.

Referencing Obama’s dog Bo, Dao of PETA added: “PETA would like every American to try to relate to who’s on their plate, whether Bo’s cousin or Babe’s, as all animals once had a face and feelings.”

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