Originally Posted by edamommy
frog, cat... what's the difference? Soft and fuzzy and NOT so much soft and fuzzy?
OT. Or least somewhat OT.
Your view is interesting and I would like to understand it better.
So I am curious... where do you (and other gentle mamas who don't like the idea of anything being killed - even bugs) draw the line that it is OK to kill things? Are plants OK to kill, even though they have capabilities you might not have known about, like the ability to signal each other with biochemical "screams" when one is being maimed or killed, as a warning to others nearby? That makes me sad, but it doesn't stop me from enjoying a bouquet of flowers.
Do you mow your lawn? That's done for purely aesthetic reasons, and results in the deaths of toads, snakes, butterfiles, and other insects.
So that you know where I am coming from... I identified myself as a speciesist in a PP. I think killing some species is no problem (e.g., ants, spiders, snakes) and killing others is a problem unless for food (e.g., frogs, cats). My criteria are: if I feel threatened by it (snake) or it's absolutely nothing like me (ant) I don't mind killing it. If it's like me somehow (frogs' cute soft belly :LOL ) I do mind. But I am probably not enlightened, and have never really given this a lot of thought.