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California Goes to the Rats
[WSJ] Rising homelessness in California has spurred a rodent boom and resurgence of medieval disease. So naturally Democrats in the state Legislature want to ban rat poison.

Earlier this year a rat infestation in downtown Los Angeles near a homeless encampment led to an outbreak of typhus. CatsUSA Pest Control, which was hired to investigate, warned that "poor sanitary conditions" including human waste and hypodermic needles created a "harborage for rodents." In Los Angeles County cases of flea-borne typhus more than doubled since 2012, with 109 cases reported last year.

L.A. isn’t alone. There were so many rats scurrying around the California EPA office in Sacramento this summer that the agency had to close its outdoor playground to prevent children from getting sick. After California’s EPA applied rat poison, environmentalists howled that the pesticide could harm species that prey on rats.

Democrats in Sacramento are now moving legislation to ban "second-generation" rodenticides that are more potent than earlier poisons against which rats have developed immunity. "Predatory species, such as raptors, bobcats, and foxes, regularly consume rodents as part of their diet. Poisoned rodents also become more lethargic and exhibit abnormal behavior," a bill analysis notes. But "data are less conclusive in pointing to [anticoagulant rodenticides] as the specific cause of death in necropsied animals."

In other words, it’s not clear rodent poison is killing predator species. But it is clear that rodents carry diseases that are making Californians seriously ill.

The bill, sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom, would exempt food factories, breweries and wineries from the ban. No doubt Napa Valley vintners and their customers will be grateful. While liberals say the solution is better sanitation, they also protest whenever government officials try to clean up homeless camps or propose building shelters in their neighborhoods.

Low-income folks who live near homeless populations as usual will suffer the greatest harm from the rat-poison ban. If only there were an antidote to California’s toxic progressive politics.
Posted by:Beavis

#12  Rats have been delicacies about the 2nd or 3rd month of a siege. Usually after the horses. Given that most modern urban areas lack large horse populations, the timeline may be a bit accelerated.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2019-08-09 15:59  

#11  Use terriers, not cats. Much better mousers.
Posted by: Lex   2019-08-09 14:54  

#10  Let's look at this from an ecological perspective. Generally, when you have an over-population of plants or animals in an ecosystem, the best solution is for someone to eat them.

Here, we have a surplus of both rats and homeless. The obvious answer is for them to eat each other. And while Rats vs Homeless is a natural division, there is no reason not to discourage cannibalism on either side. Like that commie guy said, if you want to make an omelette, sometimes you have to chop some meat.
Posted by: SteveS   2019-08-09 13:20  

#9  Feral cats! They will take care of the rats.

"Fleas the size of rats sucked on rats the size of cats..."

David Bowie, Suffragette City
Posted by: M. Murcek   2019-08-09 11:26  

#8  Californians are asked to embrace yet more diversity.
Posted by: Dron66046   2019-08-09 11:22  

#7  AIDS infected rat bites. Sarah Hoyt to the holographic courtesy phone, Sarah Hoyt...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2019-08-09 11:20  

#6  Calling Hantavirus ....
Posted by: 3dc   2019-08-09 10:49  

#5  We have the four legged kind and the two legged kind. Take your pick.
Posted by: Abu Uluque   2019-08-09 10:07  

#4  Democrats in the state Legislature want to ban rat poison.

These rats sure stick together.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru   2019-08-09 08:52  

#3  Feral cats! They will take care of the rats.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia   2019-08-09 08:48  

#2  CA could use all those discarded drug needles to make little rat palisades. Recycle, reuse, infect the rats with AIDS.
Posted by: Butch Thating8912   2019-08-09 02:39  

#1  Liberal California's "Official State Rodent".
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310   2019-08-09 01:40