Normally, we would kill mosquitoes upon seeing them or drive them away before they even suck our blood. But a French animal-rights activist urged people to not kill these insects and allow them to drink our blood.
Aymeric Caron, a 47-year-old French TV presenter, stated that mosquitoes, especially the female ones, have no choice but to risk her life for her babies. They suck human blood to gain protein for their eggs. Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, reported that Caron identified himself as an anti-specist or someone who believes that all species should be treated equally. He encouraged people to allow themselves to be bitten by these insects.
|French TV presenter and animal rights activist Aymeric Caron / Photo by: Wikimedia Commons via Unilad|
According to Caron, those people who kill mosquitoes are ‘embarrassing for anti-specists who realize they are being attacked by a mother trying to nourish her children. However, those who are living in Africa are exempted because they would risk catching malaria. The World Health Organization reported that there are an estimated 219 million cases of malaria in 87 countries in 2017 alone. Some of the countries who are highly at risk are Southeast Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Western Pacific, America, and Africa.
|A mosquito / Photo by: Pixabay via Unilad|
Caron stated that people should consider this as a ‘blood donation’ to the mosquitoes. “One can consider that a blood donation from time to time to an insect who is only trying to nourish her children is not a drama,” he said. However, Toni Vernelli, the UK head of animal-welfare group Animal Equality stated that Caron’s suggestion draws the line at ‘parasites that carry malaria and kill millions of people a year’. Many British animal-protection workers also disagree with the animal-rights activist saying that it was ‘a step too far’ and ‘an unhelpful distraction’.
“For most people, this is a step too far and a distraction. It’s unhelpful in trying to educate people about the suffering of animals in factory farms, and is unrelated to animal welfare campaigns,” Vernelli added.
|A fly swatter / Photo by: cloud7days via 123RF|