It’s not “humane” to release mice

A greyscale image of a rat with its front paws on the top of a "tombstone" shaped rat trap with the kill bar raised, ready to spring down when the rat disturbs the trap.Just now I saw a video of a YouTube personality who now works for the BBC, Lucy Edwards, talk about how her new flat in London that she shares with her boyfriend and guide dog is also shared with a family of mice which have left droppings under their cabinets. She tells us she has developed a fear of insects and animals (other than her guide dog, of course) since losing her sight four years ago, but as a vegan she does not like the idea of killing them, so she has hired someone to lay “humane” traps and then release them somewhere other than her house. I have heard this kind of talk from people on social media on more than a few occasions, and it’s wrong-headed, and not as humane as they think. These are not pets, but pests. Vermin.

In any city it’s said that you are never more than a few feet from a rat. The lady in the video linked above apparently only learned on her move down south that in London a lot of houses have mice, and I can’t believe the same isn’t true in Birmingham because the climate is almost identical and it’s just as built-up although not as big. Some children (and some adults) keep pet mice and rats and teach them to do various kinds of tricks. My old Usborne pet book said that pet rats are very clean animals. That’s as maybe; wild mice and rats that invade people’s houses aren’t. They’re filthy, they spread disease and they pee and poo everywhere — especially pee, in the case of mice — and they’re rodents, so they’re always looking for wood to chew on, which means your furniture or your skirting or floor boards.

If you trap these things and release them down the road, they will soon find their way to another house — or at least their offspring will, as they are very efficient breeders. The people in that house may be people with compromised immune systems, or elderly or disabled people who can really do without having to deal with the vermin you released because you were too squeamish to kill them, and clean up the mouse/rat excrement and the stink it emits, and repair the damage. They might be blind as well, and just as afraid of small animals scurrying round their house as you are. It’s not humane to inflict this on some other household; it’s inconsiderate, and it’s cruel.

A greyscale image of a rat with its nose near the bait of a tombstone-shaped rat trap.It’s common for genocidaires to compare human beings to vermin: Jews to sewer rats, Rwandan Tutsis to cockroaches as seen in the film Hotel Rwanda. Nowadays, some misguided people have taken to comparing vermin to human beings. We saw this in the video by an anti-hunting group (see earlier post), in which a pack of hounds was seen chasing after and then ripping apart a woman, as part of a campaign against re-legalising fox hunting. I’ve seen YouTube videos by a guy in the USA who reviews mouse and rat traps and he has had adverts on his videos withdrawn (with a resulting loss of income for him) because of organised complaints. A number of years ago during the live export protests in the UK (which led to ferry companies banning trucks containing live animals destined for slaughter, until a court banned this as a “surrender to mob rule”), I saw a woman on TV comparing taking animals in trucks to slaughter with trains taking people to the gas chambers. I’ve known people who say they would not take, or fund research into, a medication that might cure their illness, which had also killed friends of theirs, because it would be, or had been, tested on animals.

Who are these people to dictate to the rest of us that we should not use animals for food and clothing and kill those that are a hazard to us, as every generation of human beings has done before us? They are just people with a dogma that they believe in, and the rest of us don’t, and they have no right to impose it on us. These idiots even go as far as to say that the ‘rights’ of rats come before those of humans, and we should just let sick or disabled people die to avoid causing suffering to an animal. A cockroach is not a Tutsi; a rat is not a Jew. It’s a disease-carrying pest, and the more humane thing to do for your fellow human beings is to bring their gnawing, peeing, pooing, disease-spreading and exponential breeding to an end, by killing them.

Image source: Shaun Woods.

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