It was disturbing

United States
October 8, 2008 3:04pm CST
Today I killed for the first time. I killed a mouse. It wasn't very pretty either. It kind of splattered. I think I might not have been so disturbed had it not done that. I still feel a little disturbed and it was hours ago. Have you ever killed something? Did it bother you?
2 people like this
4 responses
@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
8 Oct 08
I have to admit I have killed loads of things in my lifetime but all of them have been insects, so I don't know if that counts? I kill wasps, earwigs, woodlouse, flies by the thousands and mosquitoes, they are vermine too, I am highly allergic to wasps so the way I see it, it's them or me! Never killed anything bigger than a wasp though. Just think of that mouse as vermine and it doesn't seem so bad, use rational thinking and you won't feel so disturbed, I won't tell you how many mice there are in the world, or rats for that matter, doesn't bear thinking about!
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Oct 08
I have killed plenty of insects myself. Especially spiders and mosquitoes. That really didn't bother me. For some reason the mouse bothered me. Don't know why.
1 person likes this
@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
8 Oct 08
I couldn't bear to kill a spider, I encourage them in because they eat the nasty flies and other horrible bugs. Although they are lax about their housekeeping, cobwebs not tidy etc! But I would be more upset about killing a spider as they do more good than a mouse does. Spiders are not vermine, mice are!
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Oct 08
True. But spiders bite and I have kids.
1 person likes this
@1hopefulman (45855)
• Canada
8 Oct 08
Mostly fruit flies, and my conscience doesn't seem to bother me. Am I bad or what?
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Oct 08
No, at least I hope not. Flies and insects don't bother me. I think the mouse did because it is something you can actually see the eyes and I saw it stop breathing.
@CAdreamer (118)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I have done this several times. Once i had to put down a baby cockatiel that I was raising. It had gotten crop burn, and the crop had broken open. When I spoke with the vet they told me that the only thing they could do was to put the animal to sleep. I couldn't afford to pay for that, so I did it myself. I was a little upset when I did it, but I realized it was better for the bird. This way it did not suffer as much. I also killed a few other animals in my time. I have killed a squirrel, shot it clean through one ear and out the other. It was weird, but it didn't really bother me. The other animal I have killed is a rabbit. I shot this one as a mercy. The poor thing was sick. I could tell because it didn't run or even move when we would walk past it, it just sat there in front of our house. So, I shot it. For the most part, I have killed out of compassion for the animal involved, and it has not affected me in any negative way. I actually enjoy dissecting creatures to see what they are made of, but I do not enjoy the killing per se. I know that everything has a life and that at some point that life ends. Sometimes it is necessary to kill something which is suffering. However, I also kill for food. I have been hunting a few times and I enjoy it immensely. I also enjoy the meat that I bring to my own table this way.
• United States
8 Oct 08
My brother once killed a cat that was suffering after being hit by a car. I didn't watch because it was upsetting to me. I knew it had to be done though it would not have lived anyway.
@Sheepie (3115)
• United States
8 Oct 08
I kill bugs all the time. Don't you do that? I think I would be afraid to kill a mouse, especially because of the messy body, but you had to, didn't you? I saw a squirrel get hit by a car recently, and it didn't bother me at all. It was really fast and there are millions of squirrels.
1 person likes this
• United States
8 Oct 08
Yeah, I had to. Honestly, I didn't even really think about it until afterwards. Now I feel bad. Even knowing I had to, I still feel bad.