But some wonderfully enlightened people in Australia have gone far beyond that.
I’ve written before about how I learned to like spiders, snakes and bats from Dr. Hopp in my life changing Biology 101 class.
Last October in Australia a 12 inch (not a typo) huntsman spider (dinner plate size) was found in an old farm house. The people wanted to kill it, but Barnyard Betty’s Rescue stepped in to rescue her and name her (what else) Charlotte.
“She was a beautiful, calm spider, not aggressive in any way and like most spiders she just wanted to go about her business eating bugs and living in peace,” the rescue organization explained. “She didn’t or doesn’t need to be killed! Poor spiders are so misunderstood!”
After taking some pictures, the rescuer let Charlotte hop on an old broom and be carried to an abandoned shed where she would be safe from people and predators. There she could peacefully spend her life munching on bugs.
As Dr. Hopp taught his classes:
Snakes, bats and spiders don't compete with humans for food sources. Their lives are devoted to dining on creatures who do.