What is the vegan stance on insects? Do they have rights? How “far” do you take veganism? In this interview, vegan activist Gary Yourosfky elaborates on the ethical aspects of our relationship with bugs and shares his own experience and aversions.
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!
— Emily Moran Barwick