Pesticide company holds ceremony for insects

Pesticide company holds ceremony for insects

A memorial for insects that have given their lives for research purposes. 

Dead cockroaches lying on white background
Dead cockroaches lying on white background/Pexels/@Roger Brown

When we think about pests and pesticides, we very rarely associate their deaths with any form of remorse. 

But perhaps this is exactly how we should be viewing their demise? 

We get that when many people see insects, especially an overflow of them, it can considered a nuisance. Which is why we turn to pesticides. But not all pesticides have to be harmful (there are natural pesticides that do not harm insects). 

Not to mention some do show some sense of remorse for their actions. 

Surprisingly enough, we have heard about a pesticide company in Japan that has even gone as far as to hold a ceremony for those insects that have lost their lives in the name of research. 

"Every year, Japanese pesticide company Earth Corporation holds a ‘transcendence ceremony’ at the Myodoji Temple in Ako City to honour insects that sacrificed their lives for research purposes." (Oddity Central)

Earth Corporation prides itself on being a leader in the industry in Japan and therefore conduct research to test the efficacy of their products. 

During their research, they use a variety of insects, which ultimately end up dying.

"The company breeds the bugs it uses for testing, but that doesn’t make their sacrifice meaningless, and to show that it doesn’t take the tiny creatures for granted, Earth Corporation holds an honorary ceremony at the Myodoji Temple in Ako City." (Oddity Central)

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"Last month, over 60 Earth employees took part in a solemn transcendence ceremony that involved a daoshi (Taoist priest) reading prayers in front of dozens of photos of dead insects." (Oddity Central)

Photographs of the insects that sacrificed their lives were displayed in the temple. People placed their palms together to pray for these insects while the priest conducted a prayer. 

It may seem weird and unheard of, but it sure does add to the notion that we should respect all life regardless of how big or small. 

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