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To wonder about vegans/headlice

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Fanfeck Wed 30-Nov-16 00:37:18

Headlice are unfortunately at the forefront of my hairline mind today blush and I'm wondering what vegans, or anyone who is totally opposed to the killing of animals do about them?

I'm not one of them, kill them all (lice I mean!) is what I say!

sj257 Wed 30-Nov-16 00:38:50

I'm vegetarian and an animal lover. I don't think I see headlice as conscious beings with feelings, never even thought about it really.

HeCantBeSerious Wed 30-Nov-16 00:40:02

Subject has been done to death on here.

Fanfeck Wed 30-Nov-16 00:41:27

Could you link me please hecant because I couldn't find any answers.

Grilledaubergines Wed 30-Nov-16 00:41:32

Does that mean it can't be discussed for those who want to? Surely if you take issue with re-discussion you can avoid the thread?

champersandgin Wed 30-Nov-16 00:43:42

I'm sure they would comb them out without chemicals. Otherwise, if they had kids, they'd have to home school and/or social services would eventually become involved as it would be classed as neglect.

(I would like to take this opportunity to mention that there ain't no headlice like Canadian headlice. Been here 3 months and my DD has had them 3 times already grrrrrr)

DoYouRememberJustinBobby Wed 30-Nov-16 00:44:30

I hate that "the subject has been done to death business". How many new people join MN on a monthly basis?
MN also never seems to the kind of forum (we've all seen them) where admin bookmark a topic and say all discussions of xyz topic most only continue in that one place.

I will be interested to hear replies OP.

TwentyCups Wed 30-Nov-16 00:47:14

I feel the same way I would about tapeworms, crabs, fleas, ticks, or indeed a lion running towards me teeth bared!
I will kill them because they will harm me (although I'm not likely to succeed in the last scenario!).
I am prepared to make many sacrifices but not when something will cause me pain and physical discomfort. Honestly, if there were some sort of humane treatment i would probably use it but there isn't and there are bigger battles to fight.

AuntMatilda Wed 30-Nov-16 00:52:36

I'm vegan. I kill fleas, headlice and other parasites. I don't kill other bugs. We draw our lines somewhere. Obviously prevention is better than cure but sometimes we can't do any other but deal with things like this accordingly.

almondpudding Wed 30-Nov-16 00:55:04

Surely it is okay to kill parasites?

Otherwise vegans would have to cause cruelty to domestic species by not killing parasites on them, like worms, scabies etc.

And some vegans own pets.

If you comb headlice out they still die! They can only survive on the host.

almondpudding Wed 30-Nov-16 00:55:54

Sorry, xpost.

Pallisers Wed 30-Nov-16 01:01:28

Subject has been done to death on here.

Really? I have been on MN for more than 5 years and can't remember any threads about this still less it being "done to death"

And even if it was done to death who gives a curse - OP has asked a question. Interested people will respond. There really is nothing new under the sun. So should we all shut up for the next few millennia since it has all been said already?

Fanfeck Wed 30-Nov-16 01:05:16

Thanks for the replies, that makes sense! I had visions of people safely popping them out the window or something but confused as they will die once removed regardless!

Such awful things, DD is 5 and we had escaped them until now sad I've been trying to remove for weeks but I'm either doing something wrong (tried chemicals, combing, V comb, tea tree) or they keep coming back from school, and I found a big fat one in my hair today envy

VeryBitchyRestingFace Wed 30-Nov-16 01:05:20

I've been on MN since the year of the short corn and have never seen a thread about this topic.

As you were, OP.

OnTheTurningAway Wed 30-Nov-16 01:10:42

Ah well we don't like to kill living beings unnecessarily.
So we make a small offering, light some incense and offer a prayer for their tiny souls, then eat them.

Bogeyface Wed 30-Nov-16 01:20:57

Been on MN for years and never seen a thread about it before.

Do Buddhists kill the lice or not? Thats been bugging me for years!

pregnantat50 Wed 30-Nov-16 01:23:11

Headlice are insects and not animals so not sure they fall into the same category.

My daughter had terrible problems with them as a child, she then grew out of it so it seemed, now she works in a primary school I think they have tried to touch base with her again! The perils of working with the under 5s

SpeakNoWords Wed 30-Nov-16 01:24:44

Insects are animals!

pregnantat50 Wed 30-Nov-16 01:28:33

wow, you are right! I honestly thought insects had their own category, I will consider myself (I've got to 51 without knowing that and I watch all the Planet Earth type documentaries too!)

almondpudding Wed 30-Nov-16 01:38:49

OP, I recommend a nitty gritty comb and Hedrin once.

YouCanDoThis Wed 30-Nov-16 01:51:28

I used to brush dc hair in the morning, go through with the metal nit comb and plait. After school, I would undo the plait, go through with the bit comb again. Every day. That way, anything picked up was removed before it had chance to make itself at home and we never had a problem!

user1477282676 Wed 30-Nov-16 02:22:52

My DH used to be vegan and he saw them as vermin and so not something he felt he needed to protect....mainly because they cause harm.

He wouldn't hurt a snail though and they're a bit verminous hmm Nor a rat...

GreatFuckability Wed 30-Nov-16 02:27:44

Headlice aren't harmful to humans though. Annoying as all hell, yes, but they don't hurt us. I'm not sure we can compare them to a lion grin

AnnieAnoniMouse Wed 30-Nov-16 02:30:20

I'm a vegetarian - (lapsed vegan, but try to avoid using animal products etc). I try to prevent being in the position of having to kill anything. Mosquitoes get warnings, but if they're still biting me & wont be shoo'd out, then eventually they get the newspaper treatment. Same with flies. Head lice I'm vigilant with combing, but if needs must then treatment is used.

I'm veggie, not perfect.

user1477282676 Wed 30-Nov-16 03:50:17

Fuckability yes they are harmful...minor of course but they cause itching and irritation and in extreme cases, can cause low iron.

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