Tuesday 06 February 2018 | 29

An outcry for the rats: Paris may be eternal but Paris is cruel!

Eradication! While several factors explain the increased visibility of rats in some parts of the capital, the Paris’ mayor’s office is sinking into empty gestures, ineffective and cruel measures, to always appear squeaky clean. The animals that populate the city since its creation would no longer have rights to exist? A shameful and pointless demonization.

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It is a media-crazed TV and social networks coverage aimed at reminding people about the action plan against rats implemented by the City of Paris. Tourists, dustmen, residents ... All the possible fears and fantasies are heard to give credibility to the message: proliferation equals eradication. Being under stress allows  misinterpretation of these problems and presents this to the public as a lifesaving action when it is outdated. Delirious and prompt measures like these despicable "rat guillotines" are billed on a monthly basis and which by eradicating a few rodents will claim the " problem " is solved.

Where is the problem?

Rats have populated Paris since its creation. These social, mobile and very intelligent rodents are in fact our commensal partners: they live, drink, reproduce but in proportion to the opportunities of their environment. In all cities, by their underground life, rarely terrestrial by day and in direct contact with humans, they are present. And useful for cleaning rubbish left here or there by those who point the finger.

Health risk, visual discomfort, fears, phobia? The aesthetics of the politicians is very much alive, in these days of rising waters, in a context of cosmetics for tourists and soon to come Olympic Games. Tomorrow, it will be cats, victims of abandonment, which will have to be removed from the public landscape. One Voice rebels!

As an expert pointed out, these urban rats are not inevitably more numerous, they are simply more in view because of factors disturbing their environment ... natural. To warn, to cry out on animal populations that are self-regulating, without managing the real problems (floods, management of canals and waste), are short-sighted rantings.

To pretend to eradicate rats from a city like Paris is nonsense. The committed budgets represent, on the proposed axes, an incredible waste that is reminiscent of some reports ... But above all, on the part of elected officials concerned with respect for animal life, it is an easy and deadly bias, in short, it is disgusting.

One Voice invites everyone to take the measure of the level of intelligence and social skills of these rodents that are so vilified. Paris has already sought to relegate rats as harmful and also dedicating them to animal experimentation. Please, a little respect is indeed!

Madame Hidalgo, nobody believes in your ability to eradicate rats from Paris, if so needed. Clean the garbage in front of your own door, or ours, and you will see that the rats, without even the sound of your pipe, will be more discreet. #Pest #Cruelty

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Lorenlo | Friday 09 February 2018

Je lis tous ces commentaires et tous parlent de la cupidité, de la cruauté, de l'ignorance de l'être humain face aux nombreux problèmes qui polluent et qui tuent notre si belle planète. Que faire ? Je suis dans mon petit coin avec mes tout petits moyens et j'ai comme l'impression de vouloir vider un océan avec une petite cuillère.

sweetie2016 | Thursday 08 February 2018

Que de la barbarie ,voila ce que fait un soit disant humain ,heureusement qu'il existe de Vrais Humains qui font du bien aux animaux

jeanjean | Thursday 08 February 2018

toujours pareil l'homme se croit tout seul et le plus fort ,foutaise ,il faut de tout dans le monde et tous les animaux en font partie 'quand les hommes sont morts les animaux se vengent.......... BRAVO

anne | Thursday 08 February 2018

Si je disais ce que je pense de Hidalgo, la charte de modération exploserait. Je me contenterai de dire que je fêterai son départ au champagne. Et surtout, qu'elle ne donne pas de leçons écologistes boborisantes.