Animal Cruelty: Slime Mold Beetles Named after Slimy Moldy Pols

Beetle HeadThis is just mean. What did the poor slime mold beetle do to deserve this :

President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have shared a common political vision for most of their careers. Now they’ll share something else: a slime-mold beetle named in his honor….

Naming the beetles after Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld had nothing to do with physical features, but was intended to pay homage to them, said Quentin Wheeler, a former professor of entomology and plant biology at Cornell for 24 years until October.

“We admire these leaders as fellow citizens who have the courage of their convictions and are willing to do the very difficult and unpopular work of living up to principles of freedom and democracy rather than accepting the expedient or popular,” said Wheeler, now the head of entomology at the Natural History Museum in London.

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