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SAN DIEGO (CAP) - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is under fire this week for a stunt in which members posed as drivers for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign and strapped several of the candidate's grandchildren to the top of their car.
"In our defense, the kids just loved the ride," said PETA spokesman Dan Sharon, who noted that little Slap and Boot Romney (ages 8 and 10) were safe and secure in an "airtight kennel."
"They jumped right up there on their own," he noted.
PETA staged the stunt to draw attention to Romney's often-mentioned 1983 family trip to Canada, in which his dog Seamus was strapped to the roof of the family station wagon.
"We say, what's good for the goose is good for the grandchildren," said Sharon, noting that PETA would soon be printing up posters with that as a slogan, along with one featuring a nude Scarlett Johansson that reads I'd Rather Go Naked Than Ride With Romney.
Apparently the PETA drivers showed up at a campaign fundraiser in San Diego, ostensibly to drive the Romney children and grandchildren back to their homes in La Jolla. That's when they coaxed the Romney grandchildren into the rooftop kennel.
"They really looked exactly like the usual drivers," noted one Romney relative who asked not to be named. "Of course, we probably should have been tipped off by the fact that they were naked except for flesh-colored underwear and a big sticker that said Only Animals Should Wear Fur."
Contacted by CAP News, Romney expressed his displeasure that his grandchildren had been kidnapped and strapped to a car roof. "It's just darn inappropriate, excuse my language," said Romney. "I mean, golly."
Asked whether he was for or against animal rights, Romney said that he loved his dog Seamus very much, and then hid under a desk.
Romney's highest profile competitor in the GOP race, Rick Santorum, also decried PETA's actions, noting that the group's near-naked protests "could only lead to no good in the genitalia department." Still, he remains critical of Romney for strapping his dog to his car roof.
"Unless the dog was gay, in which case all bets are off," he clarified.
While Romney's Seamus incident is one of the highest profile ones, there have been many controversial cases involving canines in the news in recent years. Among them was the 2010 incident where Sarah Palin clubbed and skinned a miniature schnauzer, mistaking it for a baby seal. And back in 2007, there was a public outcry when Ellen's dog was euthanized out of spite.
However, neither of those incidents resulted in kidnappings or roof-strappings on the part of PETA or any other animal rights group. Luckily, in this case, neither Slap nor Boot Romney seemed any the worse for wear.
In fact, Slap Romney, talking to reporters later, noted that unlike Seamus, he "only pooped once" the entire ride, prompting peals of laughter from Romney's 47 other grandchildren.