Killing other animals is all too easy and quite often does not achieve its intended goals. And, even if certain goals are accomplished, the killing simply needs to stop. It is wrong and can set a horrific precedent for future research and for children. Imagine what a youngster would think if he or she heard something like, "I met a rare and wonderful spider today and I killed her."
Students, established scientists, educators, and others who are against killing other animals "in the name of science" or "in the name of conservation" or "in the name of education" or "in the name of ____" must speak out and be heard and take a strong stand against killing once and for all. Enough is enough. These sorts of killing are unacceptable on so many different levels. And, they surely are not a way to "rewild" and to reconnect with nature.
Many researchers are extremely intelligent and clever and have dealt with numerous challenging questions. I'm sure a moratorium on killing would result in the development and implementation of a host of non-lethal and humane ways to learn about and to peacefully coexist with the fascinating animals with whom we share our magnificent planet. What a wonderful precedent this would set for future researchers and others who work closely with other animals.