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Do House Bugs Bug You as a Vegan?

by | January 19, 2019

The dilemma of what to do when house bugs bug you as a vegan! You know that “corner of your eye” feeling – something in the periphery of your vision, small, quick and sporting eight very fast-moving legs. Yep, sudden sightings of spiders in the house can instantly turn the slowest of us into Usain Bolt 2.0. Insect and arachnid visitors to our homes all too often turn up uninvited and unwelcome. Add to that they have a propensity to show up in the bath-tub or dance all over the kitchen surfaces, and their reputation takes a further knock.

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Do House Bugs Bug You as a Vegan?

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Do House Bugs Bug You as a Vegan?

What best to do then when that very large spider that is found to be nestling in the soap-dish? Squish him or her? Surely not something that goes on in a good vegan household? Especially as veganism is all about the reduction or elimination of unnecessary cruelty and killing whenever possible. Spiders are surely not exempt from that? Or what about the annoying and unhygienic unwanted housefly visitor? Rolled up newspaper time? Oh the dilemma of dealings with bugs that bug you as a vegan! Again, if we are trying to keep unnecessary killing to the lowest level possible, if at all, then there is surely a good argument to be made for shepherding the bothersome fly out of the house as opposed to killing it.

Oh the dilemma of dealings with bug as a vegan!
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Oh the dilemma of dealings with bugs that bug you as a vegan!

Capturing spiders, beetles, and wasps, armed with nothing more than a glass and an old envelope with a view to getting it out of the house is one of my finer, yet lesser known, vegan skills. But I’m not sure if this is a trait shared by a greater or lesser number of fellow vegans. Do I like the idea of a seemingly jet-propelled spider the size of a small toaster making its way toward me in the dead of night? I certainly don’t. Yet I would like to try and be cruelty-free as much as I possibly can and yes, his right to life, is as good as any other life. Even if that means I suddenly discover that I quite like climbing up the curtains at three in the morning.

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Dave Hewitt

An Ohio-based British Masters post-graduate, and ever since I was a little kid growing up in 70s England, I’ve always hated animal cruelty and injustice, and vegan for six years. The sense of sticking up for the voiceless, the persecuted and the powerless remains as strong as ever. Married to Monica, my vegan life partner who works for NASA, we’ve been in Ohio since 2015, and have managed to drive on the other side of the road without incident thus far.

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