Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rats Among Us

Greetings Angry Angels and welcome to our Tuesday session!

Today we are going to start off with a little bit of weird news, so go ahead and laugh where appropriate, but just keep in the back of your mind that I wouldn't be writing about it unless it made me angry!

So let us press on!

I read a news report out of the Virginia/DC area yesterday before doing the post on Joe Paterno and the Catholic Church regarding a new DC law regarding trapping and handling of  vermin and pests such as rats, mice, raccoons, squirrels and so on.  The law is the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010.  The law roughly states that the vermin must not be killed but captured preferably in their familial group (lol) and RELOCATED, preferably across the Potomac into Virginia, which would be in violation of federal law.  As you can imagine this doesn't sit too well with a lot of people, specifically the Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli.  Some of the other people who this directly effects are those who provide pest control services and those who NEED pest control services.

Now those who provide the pest control services are going to see massively increased costs as they will no doubt have to be certified by the city as complying with the new law, not to mention increased labor costs associated with having to constantly check the HUMANE traps that they are mandated to use.  Now since the traps don't differentiate between what gets caught in them,hence the de facto mandate for humane traps,  the PROTECTED rodents get released while the non-protected ones get shipped off to "rehabilitation centers," which of course cost money to man and maintain.

So where do you think the costs of all this is going to get passed on to?  Well first and foremost it's going to come from those who need pest control the most.  Private citizens and businesses.  The pest control businesses have to contend with higher costs to do business so they pass that along to their customers.  Of course the pest controllers might just decide to take the vermin out of DC and dump them somewhere in Virginia, which is what Cuccinelli is concerned about.  Who knows what kind of diseases these beasts may have contracted from the Occupy DC crowd, where they seem to be congregating.  Well remember that the transport of wildlife across state borders is a federal crime.  So anyone who gets busted will of course have their licenses pulled and the fines associated will likely put them out of business.  So now the customers will have fewer choices at constantly increasing costs.

So here we have increased costs, potential layoffs, and potential spread of disease.

Sounds like a great law so far!  Am I right to get ANGRY yet?  You want to know why I'm angry and who is REALLY behind this sort of moronic legislation?

Animal Rights Activists have now SUCCESSFULLY put vermin as a higher priority than Humans on the law books in the nations Capitol. The massive scam that this represents is truly breathtaking.  Who do you think is going to be responsible, and very well paid by the government, to run the vermin rehab centers?  Friends of the DC council maybe?  Recommended by animal liberation groups funded by PETA and other domestic terrorists?  I would imagine that PETA or Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA was well paid for designing and endorsing the humane traps that will be the de rigueur of an industry now.

How long do you think it is going to be before trapping vermin at all becomes illegal?  If you think that will never happen well you just saw the first step on the road to that end!  Here we have the government of the seat of power of the United States mandating that "FAMILIES" of rodents be kept together and treated better than families of HUMANS who go through the DC child welfare system are treated.

Now my anger at groups like Humane Society of the United States has been documented in the post http://angryamericanman.blogspot.com/2012/01/breaking-your-heart-stealing-your-money.html for their deceptive use of advertising utilizing heart-wrenching images of poor abused kitties and puppies to tug at your wallets.  But the endorsement of legislation such as the one in DC is bordering on reprehensible.  And here is why: animals do not have rights.

One of the founding arguments is that since humans are animals all animals should have the same rights under the law that humans do.  Well I disagree, humans are THE Animal.  I capitalize Animal when referring to humans, because unlike other animals we are able to distinguish between our own interests and what is right. That ultimately is what differentiates the human species from ALL others.  It is this obligation to distinguish between our interests and what is morally right  is where Rights derive from.

Does a pack of wolves debate which deer to attack based on the social needs of the deer?  Is there consideration that they might be orphaning a young deer by their actions?  The answer to both is "no."  They attack the deer which will prove the easiest to turn into dinner for the pack thereby serving ONLY their interests.  There is no ambiguity in the animal kingdom.  Humans as separate from the animal kingdom believe that animals should be treated with respect and compassion, especially those who are pets.  Aside from romantic anthropomorphism in literature and the radical indoctrinated speech of animal rights activists, how often do animals DECIDE to treat humans the same way?  Even our beloved pets act in their own self interest engaging in behaviors to continue their own care.

Human rights are enumerated through various governmental proclamations through history, but they are always based on a prevalent morality.  As human morality evolves, so do the proclamations as evidenced by historical events such as the Sufferage Movement or the Civil Rights Movement which we celebrated with yesterdays observation of Martin Luther King Day.  The right to vote, rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, rights to free speech, rights to freedom of religion are all based on morality.  Human morality is always changing, animal morality does not exist.

What does exist within human morality and the Rights we enjoy is responsibility. A responsibility to the planet we inhabit as its custodians.  When animals show that responsibility to each other and to the planet itself, then they can have rights.  But until then, I have had my fill of the superior moralizing of people like Ingrid Newkirk and the Animal Liberation Front and the city council of Washington D.C.

We should certainly take a cue from the pest control experts in D.C. and get rid of the Rats that seek to take away your rights and treat all my Angry Angels like disease infested vermin.  Vote to get them all out of the halls of power and lets relocate them to rehabilitation centers of their own.

Great session today everybody!  In response to all the emails I have received on the issues with animals, pets and charities I have decided we will have an Anger Management Session once a week on Tuesdays.  Please keep the comments and the amazing emails coming!

Tomorrow: Tim Tebow!!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I work at the Humane Society of the United States, and want to point out a few things. The law clearly states in the definition section that ”Wildlife” shall include any free roaming wildlife, but shall not include commensal rodents. The term “commensal rodent “ is widely accepted to include Norway rats, Roof rats, and house mice. Additionally, the law has no bearing on rat and mice control and it certainly does not prohibit killing of rats and mice, require that rats and mice be relocated, nor require that rat and mice family units be kept together. In other words - it doesn't mean you need to be bringing rats across the river.

    What this Act does, is outline a humane and scientific approach to solving conflicts with wildlife that begins with nonlethal solutions and then when not feasible allows for euthanasia according to the standards set by the AVMA.