Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:49
I do not believe that many gardeners wish to kill or harm other living creatures, but gardens, ornamental or fruit and veg, are essentially a banquet for bugs, slugs and the like and there have to be some compromises. It is not a natural environment and natural controls may not be enough at some times.
But I do believe that there is also some hypocrisy here - few people have a problem about disposing with nits, rats, cockroaches, death watch beetles, wood worm and countless bacteria and viruses, not to mention bluebottles, mosquitoes, rabbits, feral pigeons and so on. They are all living things, competing with us for their survival and often losing because we are better equipped to preserve our health and wealth. Gardens are more than just pretty, but even if they were not, I cannot see why it is worse to kill a mole than any of those other creatures.