It’s an odd sort of entertainment: put two bugs in a glass aquarium and watch them fight to the death. Scorpions, tarantulas, huge wasps, mantis, centipedes, and other creepy crawlies are caught on film trying to defend themselves against their opponent. The fight is over when one bug is belly up.
They may just be bugs, but I still had a very hard time watching these fights. While I of course know that in nature these bugs will suffer an equally ‘horrible’ end, under someone’s shoe, eaten by a bird, etc, there seems to be something grotesque about filming the death of any creature for the entertainment of humans. While I will certainly squash a roach or fly in my house if I see it, I do so out of cleanliness rather than for the delight of killing something. I had to stop watching the mantis-wasp fight because the match was so unfair. The mantis was trying to desperately defend itself or escape and was getting more and more tired. The wasp kept stinging over and over and finally ripped open the soft underbelly of the mantis, who was trying to crawl away. The one with the crayfish and the huge beetle was equally disconcerting, as the crayfish bled from its wound and cowered in the corner. It just seemed incredibly cruel.
Sure, thats me anthropomorphizing. But perhaps the distasteful thing about this isn’t as much what it is doing to the bugs/crayfish but what it says about the humans who make and consume it for entertainment.
Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.
Link via Neatorama.