PeTA showing their ignorance yet again
The Six Flags over Texas amusement park has an interesting promotion going on at the moment: if you eat a live madagascar hissing cockroach, you move to the front of the line. It’s all in aid of promoting their Fright Fest 2006, and is totally voluntary.
So why is it that some guests are getting worked up about it? According to guest Phil Haming, children should not be encouraged with a reward for performing a disgusting act. Apparently Phil, although a teacher, is a cultural ignoramus. In many parts of the world insects are considered to be normal food sources. It’s only our squeamish western culture that considers eating insects to be ‘disgusting’. So, thank you, Phil, for sharing your narrow minded, provincial viewpoint.
PeTA have naturally thrown their hand in. Spokesloon Jackie Vergerio asked:
What is it teaching our children? A child who learns to respect a seemingly insignificant insect is a child that will grow up a compassionate person.
I would beg to differ. I think your average compassionate person has swatted more mosquitos in their life than they can count. I’m sure there are also some mysanthropic entomologists out there. Being nice to insects does not necessarily mean you’ll learn to be nice to people. If you want your kids to be compassionate to other people, then teach them to be.
Jackie also added:
Regardless how you feel about [cockroaches], they suffer when they hurt.
Just goes to show that, as usual, PeTA don’t like animals enough to read up on any actual facts about them. Insects and other arthropods do not possess nocireceptors, and cannot feel pain. So no, they do not suffer.
In fact, since PeTA are all about animals being treated as they would in the wild, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with eating cockroaches. For cockroaches in the wild, the most likely cause of death is… you guessed it… being eaten.