Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wait, what?


One in a series where we take a look at the unexpected and certainly the absurd.

Maybe it's a sign of the times but lately we've been seeing straight news items that qualify for "Nothing better epitomizes.." status and yet we still feel compelled to share another.

Nothing better epitomizes the current state of culture and politics in our country than the following:

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 --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.

Wait, what?

The Wildlife Protection Act of 2010 doesn't allow you to kill rats. Got it.

Awesome: The disease-carrying vermin that have Occupied Occupy, and we're referring only to the rats here, have been afforded some sort of endangered species-like protection.

Good luck with that, Virginia.


SarahB said...

I wish them a happy infestation!


Mostly Nothing said...

Wow, just when you think politicians are the stupidest form of human on earth. They do something like this and make you realize that they can sink lower and lower in the sea of stupidity.

Secular Apostate said...

Boulder, CO (my old stompin' grounds) is way ahead of the DC greentards. They protect prairie "dogs" (more accurately called burrowing rats). Prairie dogs are a known vector for the bubonic plague. And excellent long-range targets, by the way.

Here's the ordinance: Prairie Rat Protection Act of 2005

Anonymous said...

I maintain the rats are actually smarter than your average OWS'r.

And probably healthier, at that.

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