Murderer? The recent thread on Nature got me thinking today. Let me explain. I cam e home today for lunch (I'm roughly a mile from work) and noticed a fly making the most irritating noise near the kitchen sink. I was a little grossed out because there is some food sitting out nearby and i didn't want the thing infecting myself and my family killing the lot of us. Plus, that buzzing was annoying. So i grabbed a napkin and squooshed the fly, and threw it out. For some reason i couldn't help but think that public enemy would prolly be upset by this. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he'd call me a murderer. as i walked upstairs to my laptop with my lunch, I considered the moral repercussions of my action. I thought, well, my body kills all sorts of bacteria every day, and I doubt that's considered bad, especially since I don't really have any control over that. I'm sure I kill about an ant every day the weather is nice, what with all my walking around. Was killing this fly any different? If it had been a puppy, I'd feel bad. but since it was a fly, I don't. Where do we draw the line between puppies and bacteria, even the kinds that don't cause illness but nonetheless killed everyday in our systems. In essense, I'm asking the forum; what is okay to kill? thoughts?