INSECT RIGHTS ASSOCIATION
Hug a bug today and make the planet a better place.
|For earth to be a planet of
harmony and peace requires a loving attitude among all
its creatures. This means all, no matter how small. There
are not degrees of loving kindness and compassion. Where
would we draw the line? The moment we try to set
parameters on regard for other beings, the lines begin to
blur, and someone always gets hurt. Insects get hurt a
lot, and not for any good reason.
Practice love for all beings on small creatures first, and this attitude will grow toward all of life in general.
The Insect Rights Association was formed to educate the public on the value and importance of bugs, and to demonstrate alternative ways of living with them.
BE KIND TO BUGS
|When you find an insect in your home, hold a peice of paper nearby for it to walk on . Then carry it outside and release it gently back to nature.|
|Open your door and shoo flying insects out, instead of smashing them with a fly swatter.|
|Leave spiders alone. They won't hurt you. They build beautiful webs and make lovely friends.|
|Let the little ants have their way. They will only explore your kitchen for a short season. They don't eat very much.|
|Love the dear little creatures, and see how your whole life changes.|
Librarian - Insects
Museum of Entomology
on the Web
- People for the Ethical Treatment of Insects
POINTS TO PONDER
|Some people say, "Who cares
about insects? They are so small and there are billions
of them." Size and number do not determine the value
of life. There are plenty of humans too. What if bigger
beings from another planet took the same attitude toward
earth people? What if you were crushed flat by a giant
human smasher the way some poor bugs are flattened by fly
Learn how insects are vital to the well being of the planet, and about the many wonderful things they do for us by visiting the links above.
|Get more info or join The Insect
LETTERS TO THE IRA
What a great site! Just what I needed to help me solve an overpopulation problem.
I have a large basement that's a hangout / sanctuary for strange, hefty,alien-like crickets...I've forgotten the species. In any case, I'd like to find them a new home so that I won't keep stepping on them by accident. Any ideas?
Think of it as hosting musicians in your home like a sort of resident basement band. You could remove them manually by catching them in a container and taking them outside if they get too populous. They are people friendly and won't bite you. Turn on a strong light when you enter the basement. This will warn them to take shelter and help you see them better. After that point it is really their responsibility to stay out of your path. We advocate avoidance of harming insects, but if they put themselves in the path of normal human activities,( for instance perching on the bathtub drain right before someone turns on the shower), they are exercising their desire to live dangerously, and we can honor that.
We don't kill insects ever on purpose, but if they meet their demise through an accident of ours, we are not liable.
I just want to share this with you. Yesterday I was in my kitchen and saw an ant carrying a small crumb across the counter. Normally I 'd have smacked it, but I thought about your web site and it occurred to me that it was really just helping to keep my kitchen clean. I never saw it this way before .
1999 Insect Rights Association