The city is now obligated to enforce these new regulations. That means a small army of unionized inspectors and (given that we're talking about Washingon, D.C.) armed enforcement officers. This, in a city where more than half the kids drop out of high school. When the priorities of a society favor the rats over its own young, you know the end is near (for the society, not the rats)...(i) A wildlife control services provider shall make every reasonable effort to preserve family units using humane eviction or displacement and reunion strategies and shall not knowingly abandon dependent young wildlife in a structure.(1) Minimize stress to the animal and its exposure to the elements by covering
(j) Wildlife shall not be kept in captivity longer than 36 hours unless specifically
authorized by the Department or unless reunion attempts are being employed. In the case of attempted reunion, a wildlife control services provider may hold wildlife in captivity for up to 72 hours.
(k) Captured wildlife shall be transported in covered, secure containers in such a way as to:
the trap or vehicle with appropriate material;
(2) Ensure that the covering is of such material that the animal has an adequate
supply of air to prevent overheating; and
(3) Minimize potential hazards to the general public.
(l) A wildlife control services provider shall not use sticky or glue traps to control any wildlife.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Selected more or less at random from the new Washingon, D.C. regulations (PDF) covering (amongst other things) rat exterminators: