Where does one draw the line when it comes to respecting the lives of other beings? As a vegan, I’m often asked “how far” I take the tenants of not harming living creatures. This often comes in the form of “Do you kill bugs?” or “What about when you’re driving or walking and run over insects?” While these questions can sometimes be delivered in an aggressive or provocative manner, I believe they are valid and important issues to address. In this interview, vegan activist Gary Yourofsky shares his views on the rights of insects.
To hear his full answer, be sure to watch the video, but here is a nugget:
“Include insects in your circle of compassion–they’re animals too, they’re creatures…ants [are] some of the most amazing beings on this planet. If there is a flood, ants will actually get together and lock arms and legs and form a raft. And then a few of the higher up ants in the community will go get the queen ant and bring her on top of the ant raft. And then the raft will float down until the flood has ended, all this to save the queen ant. That’s how altruistic ants and other insects and all animals can be if you just pay attention and start to notice what’s going on.”
What is your relationship with insects? Do you try to avoid harming them? Or only certain kinds? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!
And stay tuned for more installations of Gary’s interview series. I’ll be posting behind-the-scenes footage and questions that don’t make it on the main channel to the VIV Area here: get the password free when you sign up for the Nugget Newsletter! Just use the form at the bottom of this post :)