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New Government Regulation Requires Rats Not Be Killed, Captured In Families And Relocated

Posted by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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(CNSNews.com) – 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.”

by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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Oh good grief!  Wildlife Protection Act will protect rats who bite and cause varieties of diseases and infections for children and adults?   Not to mention the dangers of their feces?  Are they crazy? 

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

 Two anti-OWS posts in five minutes? Is this the new Che?

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:19 PM

 Here is an article from a local news affiliate. It doesn't say anything about rats. Rats are not wildlife, they're vermin. Raccoons, squirrels, oppossum are wildlife. Those are the animals being protected with the regs.

Interestingly, Virginia and Maryland both have similar laws. Not sure what point the ADA is trying to make other than reinforcing stereotypes about ODC protesters.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A bill before the DC City Council is stirring some controversy.

The Wildlife Protection Act is aimed at ensuring that wildlife trappers, who remove critters from area homes, follow some basic humane guidelines.

If it becomes law, a wildlife removal business in DC would have to make every effort to keep a family of raccoons like this one together.

"For a long time, DC has been unregulated. This is sort of the Wild West when it comes to dealing with nuisance wildlife," said John Griffin of Humane Wildlife Services.

Wildlife like squirrels, raccoons and possums that like to nest in local homes.

"It protects the homeowners but it also protects obviously the animals. It says that you have to use humane methods. And it might even be that animals have to be killed. But even in those cases, you have to kill them humanely," said DC councilwoman Mary Cheh.

Councilwoman Cheh sponsored the bill to regulate wildlife control businesses and protect the public from ones she calls inhumane.

"They use traps that effectively torture animals, that non-targeted animals like pets sometimes get captured in them. When they do kill animals, they use horrific methods like beating them to death or drowning them," said Cheh.

One small section of the bill is getting the most attention. It states that a wildlife control operator shall make every reasonable effort to preserve family units... and not knowingly abandon dependent young in a structure.

"Keeping families together is a very important part of solving the problem. If a mother raccoon, a mother skunk, or mother ground hog thinks an animal is still inside, they'll keep on trying to get inside no matter what. And that causes damage to a house," said Griffin.

Thirty states across the country already have similar wildlife regulations in place, including Maryland and Virginia.

Rats and mice are NOT covered under the proposed legislation, nor are deer.

The DC Council is expected to approve the bill.

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Mamawto4
by Bronze Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM
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Although this wouldn't surprise me too much if it were true, I did look up the PDF.

Section 2(5) States:  "Wildlife" shall include any free-roaming wild animal, but shall not include: (A) Domestic animals, (B) Commensal rodents, (C) Invertebrates, and (D) Fish

Mr. Cuccinelli should be able to relax a little bit.  However I find it appalling the number of rat infestations we are hearing about simply because a group of people, who are supposed to be calling for changes that they believe will make this country better, just won't pick up after themselves.  How do the protesters defend this?

kailu1835
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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 Rats brought over the Bubonic (sp?) Plague.  Does nobody remember this?  They are HUGE disease spreaders!!

QuinnMae
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 7:54 PM
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That's Congress's way of keeping their families together.  

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 8:01 PM

 I think it's pretty clear this article and the doofus from Virginia are full of poop.

Abaco
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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Now I've heard everything ! LOL....! maybe an accident will happen out in the middle of the bay.....? RAT OVERBOARD !  OOOPS

imamomzilla
by on Jan. 15, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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 laughing

Quoting QuinnMae:

That's Congress's way of keeping their families together.  

 

Raintree
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2012 at 8:29 PM


Quoting Kate_Momof3:

 I think it's pretty clear this article and the doofus from Virginia are full of poop.

They're illiterate. Either that, or they have some block in their lizard brain that doesn't allow truth to flow past- only things that Uncle Bob sends in his morning forwards.

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