| Story by Meghan McMahon |
Some animals need a good PR agent, and spiders are among those that could use a little help in the good publicity department.
Just like other creatures with more than four legs, spiders have their fair share of haters. Some of the hatred of spiders is rooted in fear, with arachnophobia ranking as one of the most common fears in the world. And some people just don’t like anything that creeps and crawls around, especially indoors, which some spiders are certainly guilty of. Spiders also sometimes have that element of surprise — suddenly crossing your path when you least expect it. Plenty of us can do without that kind of surprise.
While it may be easy to understand why spiders don’t get much love from people, hating them isn’t doing anyone any good, especially the spiders. As a group, spiders aren’t going anywhere, so we may as well appreciate — or even celebrate — them.
The need to rejoice over spiders rather than revile them is the motive behind the annual Save a Spider Day celebrated on March 14 each year. But on that day and every day, arachnids should be recognized for their value.
And if there’s a month to convince people that spiders don’t deserve our hate, it’s October, when spiders suddenly become part of the show as we pull out all the stops to celebrate Halloween. So if you need a little help appreciating spiders, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn why spiders should merit our respect.