USA: New Government Regulation Requires Rats Not Be Killed
Some days I have pinch myself to make sure I’m conscience and not living in a dream world. As a rule, I don’t have a lot of love for radical Green environmentalists at the best of times because they give me too many reasons not to. Today’s little quaint Greenie story just tops the pops so I had to share. This is what happens when governments have too much money and not enough brain cells. Departments and laws are thought up to try and justify salaries being paid – either that or these departments hire people who have a grudge against humans. The District of Columbia has passed a new law that states that non-commensal rodents can’t be killed – they have to be captured, their families also need to be captured (don’t ask) and then they have to be relocated from where they were captured, or transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator. Well, dear District of Columbia, I can sure guarantee you of one thing – if I saw any of these critters in my home – and believe me when I say I wouldn’t stop to find out which rat type it was – they would be gone before you could cry ‘racist’. This is indeed crazier than fiction and that old saying that stupidity reins everywhere, but mainly with dumb liberals was never truer.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he is worried that a new District of Columbia law that governs how pest control operators must handle rats may result in entire rodent “families” being relocated across the Potomac River into Virginia by D.C. pest control personnel.
Lately, there have been reports of growing rat infestations around the Occupy DC protests at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square.
Cuccinelli said D.C.’s new rat law–the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 (Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.pdf) –is “crazier than fiction” because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably in families; no glue or snap traps can be utilized; the rodents must be relocated from where they are captured; and some of these animals may need to be transferred to a “wildlife rehabilitator” as part of their relocation process.
The law does not allow pest control professionals “to kill the dang rats,” Cuccinelli told CNSNews.com. “They have to capture them–then capture them in families. [Not sure] how you’re going to figure that out with rats. And then you have to relocate them. That brings us to Virginia. Now, if you don’t relocate them about 25 miles away, according to experts, rodents will find their way back. Well, an easy way to solve that problem is to cross a river, and what’s on the other side of the river? Virginia.”
“So we have real concerns about this ridiculous–ridiculous!–law and we’ve been pretty genial about dealing with D.C. on it,” said Cuccinelli. “But when you see an article like the ‘Rats Occupy Occupy DC,’ it points up the problem that we’re going to have in Virginia because of that–and because D.C’s really outrageous–outrageous!–treatment of these varmints who, for those who don’t remember their history, carried things like bubonic plague. I mean, these are true vermin.”
The law (Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.pdf) specifically says that wildlife “shall include any free-roaming wild animal, but shall not include: (A) Domestic animals; (B) Commensal rodents; (C) Invertebrates; and (D) Fish.” Commensal rats include the House mouse (Mus musculus), the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), and the Roof rat (Rattus rattus).
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