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vermin December 30, 2005 6:19 PM

i'm a buddhist with 2 beautiful rats. i love them + can't bear cruelty 2 animals, wild or tame. so what do i say 2 people who think wild rats are vermin + regularly poisen them? i know they're born destructive, and the wild ones do carry disease - but killing's wrong. if people understood they would find another way...any practical advice on what i can say?...  [ send green star]
 December 31, 2005 3:30 PM

Hmm ya, I agree... poor babies... people say they're vermin becuase they get in the way, but what about people? They obviously are inconvenient to rats... after all, they build on their natural homes, then kill them when the rats try to get back... I know it sounds crazy, but I guess we're not used to thinking that way... after all, humans are very possessive - they say 'it's my house, why should I let rats in if I don't want them?' - but I've never seen a rat at an estate agent... lol - I'd be amazed if I did...

But still. I think if people really want rats out of 'their' homes, they could use humane devices - rat repellers, for instance - that use electrical signals. Even so - rats wouldn't get diseases often if they weren't forced to live in the sewers... like the city in India, where they worship rats, it's overidden with them, but they're always safe, friendly and clean, because they're just a part of the human society.

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i agree December 31, 2005 6:55 PM

rats are just trying to live their little lives. i have trouble explaining to people that they should give rats a chance. they are just so prejudeced(sp). you might try looking up the website the lady who runs it knows a lot and she's real nice. i live in the same town as her and have known her for years. check it out and i hope it helps  [ send green star]
reply January 03, 2006 6:51 PM

many thanks for feedback. my rooms like that indian city. i'll check out that website, but we really need to change peoples' minds....xx

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Hmm January 04, 2006 1:38 PM

Ya, we do... people poison rats all the time without even hesitating... it's such a shame! Hehe - my room's like that too; rats climbing all over the place.  [ send green star]
Squeek! January 17, 2006 11:50 AM

  I agree with all of you. There has to be some positive way we can try to change the way people feel about rats. It doesn't help that there have been to many stereotypes against these poor babies. It's funny because most people think every other type of rodent is cute, but rats are disgusting. Maybe we could collaborate and make some fun shirts, jewelery, ect. to bring our babies more out into the spotlight. I saw an awesome segment on a TV show in Arizona about a girl who runs a pet rat shelter and is trying to change the way people feel toward them. If you guys have any ideas on how we can win people over with our babies, let me know!  [ send green star]
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