INSECT RIGHTS IN THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS
St Francis of Assisi is said to have worn bells
on his toes as he walked barefoot to warn
the insects he was coming.
Jesus: Whatsoever you have done to these the least of My brethren you have done unto Me
The self realized master Ananda Mayee Ma
once did obeisances to a cockroach to remind
her students that all living beings are sacred.
The Saint of Shirdi in the book Sai Satcharitra:
Never harm a snake or a scorpion. He will harm
you only if ordered to do so by God. If so
ordered there is nothing you can do about it.
Jada Bharat was drafted by the king’s servants
to help carry the monarch’s palanquin. He walked
very erratically because he did not want to step
on any ants or other creatures. Because his
walking caused a less harmonious ride for
the king, Jada Bharat was freed of the onerous
A follower of Sai Baba was thinking that the Jain practice
of wearing a mask to avoid inhaling insects
was ridiculous. Immediately a fruit fly sailed up
Bhagavad Gita: He is dearest to God who has no enemies among living beings.
A British rabbi wrote in the magazine Jewish Vegetarian
several reasons honey was unethical.
The queen bee’s wings are often clipped so that she may not move
her hive way from human thieves.
Many bee hive operators steal all the honey allowing the bees to
starve in winter and to be replaced in the spring.
Is it ethical to steal from bees?
Agnostic T Earley: Many who boil cruciferous broccoli or cauliflower
don’t realize they are boiling the worms hidden at the core.
MSC:: Our God is the God of the least, the last, the lost.
Actor James Coburn: i do not kill flies.
Terry McGovern: i go out of my way to avoid stepping on ants.
Rhonda Fleming: “”i cannot kill an ant.”
Peter Burwash: , professional tennis player and vegetarian
saw a column of ants come onto the court and crawl toward
the net. He lost the match because he would not harm them.
Poisonous insecticides and herbicides including malathion and dioxin used throughout
the world to kill gypsy moths, pine beetles, poppy and pot plants
are filling the waters of the sea with these same poisons… which
concentrate in fishes killing or deforming them or making them
sources for cancer, while also killing whales, seals, dolphins and
other sea creatures.