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Regina Zuniga
Professor Batty
English 114 A
25 September, 2014
The Day I Took a Life
As humans we do not think of every action we do or how it may or may not affect us in
the future. We naturally tend to make idiotic choices that at the moment seem logical and
necessary. Many of us usually do things out of impulse and then later we think of what we have
done, but in the end we just shake it off. Even if we do have a sense of pity, some how we
manage to continuously do this action and take the life of an innocent animal. In the novel Some
We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why it’s so Hard to Think Straight about Animals by
Hal Herzog, he identifies the different relationships that humans have towards specific animals.
He provides us with examples that show how certain animals are treated better than others
through the usage of pathos, logos, and ethos. Humans want to be the superior race; no, we are
the superior race, and we take advantage of the power that we have towards the animals that are
less intelligent than us.
Unfortunately, I was one of those idiotic persons who decided to take the action of killing
and becoming the superior one. Yes, I would kill bugs because I believed them to be disgusting,
and I saw insects to be the most intolerable things. They were unbearable to be around. Then one
day, I attempted to kill a cockroach. I failed miserably because I was unable to kill the insect
completely. When I heard the cracking noise it made as I stepped on it, it brought a sense of pity
and regret. I could feel the pain it felt while my foot crushed the poor bug. This feeling of regret
crossed my body creating a response that did not allow me to end the life of the cockroach even

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if it was suffering. I couldn’t be the one to fully kill it. Then, I thought of all the the pain that the
bug must be feeling, and I felt like someone had done it to me; it was torture. As I felt the
cracking that my foot caused on the poor bug occuring to me, I could feel my bones collapsing
one after the another, breaking, and I pictured myself slowly dying with pain. Unfortunately, it
was too late for me to do anything about the cockroaches condition, so inorder for me to end it’s
pain I had to ask my sister to end the life of the poor bug that I had tried to kill.
Although I did take the life of an innocent animal, I learned from this. I took this very
seriously because I no longer wanted to kill another living creature. Even if I am the superior one
in terms of “intelligence,” it doesn’t mean that I have the power to end an innocent life that is
only trying to survive. This was a horrible experience, but it was also very meaningful and eye
opening for me. This taught me that we should not have the right to end the life of any living
thing. These poor insects are entitled to being here on Earth. After all, we are the invaders. Many
of these creatures have been here much longer than we have.
In the novel Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why it’s so Hard to Think
Straight about Animals by Hal Herzog, he begins by stating, “the way we think about other
species defies logic” (Herzog 1). The author does not intend to really form an argument nor does
he attempt to change your view points towards the way you think of animals. He writes this book
“not to change your mind about how we should treat animals but to encourage you to think more
deeply about the psychology and moral implications of some of our most important
relationships….” (Herzog 12-13). Herzog’s novel connects to my story because the cockroach
falls in the category of those we hate, but it shouldn’t be like that. All living creatures should be
treated equally. For example, he presents a personal experience where he is being accused of
feeding baby kittens to his pet snake. Eventually, Herzog becomes very interested with the logic

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behind this theory and he explains how feeding cats can be beneficial. He provides statistics
showing that a cat eats more meat and that they are known to be “recreational killers” (Herzog
6). The author then continues and explains that there are millions of unwanted cats who are
usually killed in animal shelters. He then comes up with the conclusion, “After all, these cats are
going to die anyway and fewer mice and rats will be sacrificed to satisfy the dietary needs of
pythons and king snakes living in American homes” (Herzog 7). When Herzog is done using
ethos and logos to prove the logic behind his believe, he then comes across pathos and his
emotional side causes him to contradict himself of why feeding kittens to snakes is not okay.
This experience allowed me to see that even though we are superior to animals we
shouldn’t feel nor think that it is okay to end their life. This was my idiotic action, which now I
know was not okay for me to do. The feeling of overpowering an innocent creature brought no
satisfaction, but regret. Through the information that Herzog provides in his book, it discusses
and shows statistics on why we dislike and like specific animals. I now have a better
understanding of why we treat animals the way we do and why it is that we want to be the
superior race.

Work Cited Page
Herzog, Hal. Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's so Hard to Think Straight
about Animals. New York, NY: Harper, 2010. Print.

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