A thought crossed my mind as I killed a mosquito a few minutes ago — I just killed a living creature just because it irritated me. The only reason it irritated me was because it needed to in order to survive. And I killed it. Its short time on earth was cut even shorter just because I didn’t want to put up with its skin-irritating blood-sucking nature. If I killed any other larger creatures just because they irritated me, that would have been considered murder or animal cruelty. What makes it okay for me to kill an insect when all it’s doing is supporting itself? All the while, I can’t kill any person if s/he intentionally irritates or angers me because that would be considered inhumane. Sure, mosquitoes can carry dengue and other diseases but it wasn’t intentional! They’re just living their lives!
… This doesn’t mean I won’t stop killing mosquitoes though. I’m just saying I feel a little bad about it.