Do you consider killing small insects as murder?

By Bala
@balasri (26549)
India
November 15, 2007 8:23am CST
Killing is murder.isn't it?
3 people like this
13 responses
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec 07
I would hate to sound discriminatory here, but it depends on the nature of the beast! I have a rule of thumb I hate killing creatures UNLESS they are the following: wasps flies woodlouse cockroaches moths ants They are the only things I will kill! And I don't class them as murder, as they are pests, vermin and a menace!
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
14 Dec 07
Oh yeah mosquitoes too! As they spread diseases, as do flies!
@balasri (26549)
• India
15 Dec 07
A good list for a vermin hunter.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
14 Dec 07
Bala, Can we afford to spare the deadly anopheles or aedes aegypti mosquitoes to suck out our blod and leave behind their deadly mark and subsequent malaria chicken gunia?
@balasri (26549)
• India
14 Dec 07
I am the worst murderer as far as these insects are concerned.I am asking others so that I can start changing their minds.lol
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
14 Dec 07
I know, we think alike, always. lol..
• United States
26 Nov 07
I don't believe any creature should be killed just because they exist. I understand nature and the hunter/prey thing, but I don't like to kill anything. Now I'm not saying I haven't. I have fly traps. But I really prefer to ignore them and not see the suffering I cause with them. But when there are just way too many flies, and I can't get them to go out, I have to use traps. I will never squash anything! That, to me, is the worst way to die.
@balasri (26549)
• India
26 Nov 07
I understood what you have implied and appreciate that.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I relate to ChaJudLeoBit.
• Argentina
19 Feb 08
Killing does not always equal murder and i don't really think of killing insects as murder, i'll often kill any cockroaches and spiders i come across, and any bug that enters my room. When i was a kid i used to kill ants for fun, now not so much, except when i see a long line of ants or a bunch of ants concentrated in a spot i like to stomp on them :3 i don't know why, i can never resist from doing that.
@balasri (26549)
• India
20 Feb 08
Don't they storm you in your dreams.lol Well my name is Bala which means young in our language and I am interested in your name Balalaika.May I know what does it mean.
@barehugs (8985)
• Canada
14 Dec 07
first you must realise that this world is filled with microscopic insects and bacteria. These are God's living creatures just the same as an elephant is God's living creature. So where do you draw the line? What size of creature can you kill without it being murder. If I step on a tiny creature so small I didn't see it, is this murder? My hands are covered with microscopic bacteria and I wash with anti-bacterial soap. Is this murder? If not why not? Each one of these creatures are part of God's kingdom. These questions need to be researched and answered before we get carried away with murdering small insects!
@balasri (26549)
• India
14 Dec 07
That is quite provoking, the very idea of me posting this discussion.
@larflu (19)
• United States
10 Dec 07
the definition of murder is "the crime of unlawfully killing a person" Though there are plenty of people out there that are probably no better than insects, insect are not people.
@balasri (26549)
• India
10 Dec 07
Right.Agreed to that point.
@dpk262006 (56734)
• Delhi, India
16 Nov 07
Yes, I agree with you, but when they destroy our things and they are more in number....you have to get rid ot them by any means. They cannot be allowed to destroy our belongings.
@balasri (26549)
• India
16 Nov 07
So it is protecting our property and in self defense. isn't it?
@subathra (3519)
• India
16 Nov 07
No i dont because they are making trouble to us, spread harmful diseases and harm us..I dare only to kill mosquitoes as iam quite afraid of other insects..
@balasri (26549)
• India
16 Nov 07
I can never in my dreams imagine you as a killer.
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
15 Nov 07
Hi & Hello my friend Balasri. Killing an insect is not necessarily a murder. But a murderer is a killer. Once called for protection with good purpose, killing will be no longer consider as murder. That is one of the difference between killer and murderer. HAPPY DAPPY.
@balasri (26549)
• India
16 Nov 07
Happy and relieved that you are only a killer and not a murderer.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Well, wasps are terrible insects and they are always trying to sting you ,so I don't have much compassion when it comes to wasps.
@balasri (26549)
• India
16 Nov 07
Yes we are lucky to have a variety of victims to choose from.
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
Yeah it is! But it depends upon the kind of insect that i kill. I am a nature lover so killing live creature is murder. But when i am bitten by a mosquito, i dont hesitate to slap and kill this tiny insect. I don't care if i become a murderer. But in fairness to other insects, i let them live, if they also want me to live. Thanks
@balasri (26549)
• India
14 Dec 07
It sounds fair.Murdering a thing that is trying to murder you by a disease.
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
20 Feb 08
I'd have to give that more thought. I can not kill an insect. In a case I find out I killed one by accident, I feel very bad and guilty. I don't think we should kill unless we have a need to (such as perhaps it will attack us). However, I know we must kill many tiny things (we can't see, unintentionally). But if we ourselves do not do anything bad to another, we should not be killed.
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
14 Dec 07
personally i don't think so. i kill ants all the time. especially when i see them swarming around my table if I mistakenly left some drink out for too long. i realised that in cold climates, leaving sweet drinks out is not a problem. no insects are attracted. i also kill cockroaches, which are not really small insects.