An animal rights activist recently went viral and raised a lot of eyebrows because of his controversial remarks.
According to French radio and TV personality Aymeric Caron, we should not hit mosquitoes when they bite us. Instead we should just let them suck! A fervent supporter of animal rights and a vegetarian since the 1990s, Caron said people should only swat mosquitoes when they are in risky places, such as in Africa where there are cases of malaria.
Otherwise, we should just feed the hungry insects.
âOne 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.
For those who hate mosquito bites, Caron advises that they only use natural repellents like citronella, garlic, and lavender oil.
Not surprisingly, a lot of people expressed strong disagreement with Caronâs claims.
Although she heads the Animal Equality group, Toni Vernelli said the presenterâs words are âunrelated to animal welfare campaigns.â In fact, she thinks itâs a âstep too farâ from what animal rights activists are trying to achieve.
âWeâre much better off focusing on the tangible things people can do to reduce suffering, such as not eating meat, using animal products and wearing fur,â Vernelli explained in an Independent interview.
Meanwhile, the official website of the World Health Organization (WHO) warns us all that mosquitoes are among the âdeadliest animals in the worldâ because they âcarry and spread diseasesâ that claim millions of lives each year.
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