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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Rats were popping up at supermarkets, parks and nurseries when a city official convened a crisis meeting last fall to discuss ways to cull the population. That was the first time Geoffroy Boulard, mayor of the 17th arrondissement in northwestern Paris, realized the rodents are backed by a vocal lobby. Ten protesters stepped forward to denounce exterminators' plans to poison the animals. They urged a more humane method: Deploy birth-control drugs.

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This is the funniest article I have ever seen in the Wall Street Journal.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-08-11 08:11 AM | Reply

Humans tolerated rats and mice until the black death killed about half of them.

#2 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-08-11 11:44 AM | Reply

You'd think the surviving population of the black plague would have learned something by this time. Kill the damn things quickly.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-08-11 02:16 PM | Reply

Paris needs a lot more cats, and far fewer animal rights loons.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-08-11 02:30 PM | Reply

While I don't have an issue with trying to exterminate rats from a city, using poison should be avoided. Rat predators can be harmed by eating poisoned rats, which could cause a rat increase, let alone kill pets. Rat birth control drugs seems like a good option if they are feasible. I use a water trap to kill rodents in my chicken run. No poison for me please.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-11 02:55 PM | Reply

Just decided, no Paris for me this year.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-12 06:56 AM | Reply

Libs at work, save the rat..............

#7 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-08-12 01:26 PM | Reply

Citizens United = Rat Rights

#8 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-08-12 03:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#5 | Posted by bored We use cement mixed with cornmeal and peanut butter. The predators are not harmed by it. For heavy infestations we use a hinged tilt board over a tub of water. Rats can swim, but not for long.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-08-13 04:40 PM | Reply

Rats can swim, but not for long.
#9

Firstly, rats are excellent swimmers. They can tread water for three days straight and can hold their breath underwater for three minutes, according to this National Geographic video.

www.smh.com.au

#10 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2018-08-13 04:47 PM | Reply

#10 | Posted by schifferbrains They seem to drown over night when we do this. Maybe our rats haven't read National Geographic. We do this in barns frequently. A prime motive is to keep snakes from being attracted to the area where we keep livestock.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2018-08-13 04:55 PM | Reply

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