…, I couldn’t call the porcupine a “pest.” Sure, she was a pest to me, but she was just porcupining. Even my trumped-up “threat to the dog” was really just worry about a vet bill. The fact was, she hadn’t hurt anyone. Her biggest “crime” was pruning some invasive species I had planted in her habitat.
If only you hadn’t use the “T” word, I would have thought about your individual decision to justify doing something violent to a peaceful creature just trying to survive. Now I look at this passage as a metaphor for the treatment of illegal aliens by our tangerine in chief.