After Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announced A Rat Killing Program.... Rats Don't Deserve Death By Dry Ice, NUTBALLS AT PETA Says; They Warrant Our Protection
CHICAGO — The city's new scheme to reduce its booming rat population with suffocating dry ice vapors will fail miserably, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which says the rodents instead "deserve our protection."
Rats, said PETA's Senior Director of Cruelty Casework, Stephanie Bell, deserve to be protected because they have the "capacity to feel pain, fear, loneliness and joy, just as humans do."
"They exhibit a sense of humor — they even giggle when they're tickled — show empathy for others, and have been known to risk their own lives to save other rats, especially when those in peril are babies," she said. "There are always other solutions — the city should be looking into effective nonlethal methods, instead of endlessly killing rats who are simply trying to eke out an existence."