Pet Clinic owner Peter Townshend is taking the president’s rhetoric about his own business to heart.
Townshend made the comments during a radio interview on Tuesday, saying that “nobody is going at the end of the day to die.”
Townshent said, “You have to be very careful that you do not be over the line.
We don’t want to be perceived as being insensitive or that we are insensitive to those that are suffering and dying.
But we do not want to see anybody lose their life.
It is important to do that.”
Townshnd’s comments drew criticism from other pet clinics around the country, including Pet Clinic USA, which said in a statement that “in the context of the war on terror and the ongoing threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea, it is irresponsible to equate our ability to care for animals with the safety and security of our own staff and customers.”
The president has also attacked the veterinary industry, saying “animal cruelty is rampant” and has suggested that the veterinary community should consider shutting down.
Townshernd is a vocal supporter of Trump, and has defended his actions in the past.
He was one of the first veterinarians to respond to the Pulse nightclub shooting, saying, “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims.”
He has also taken on the president over his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.