The Humane Society of the United States, seem to hail this act as something monumental. However, have so many or the municipal, state and federal leaders forgotten the disease that can spread from not disposing of these pests such as rats and mice? 1 out 3 of Europe's population died in the 14th century because of the outbreak of the "Bubonic plague" or as it was then called, the "Black plague." Not to mention Lyme's disease and other medical concerns.
WTOP states that Council woman Mary Cheh says that rats and mice are exempt from this WPA ruling.
(This ruling, by the way, states that it is "To require the District Department of the Environment to license individuals performing wildlife control activities, to create qualifications and conditions for licensure, to set restrictions on the capture, handling, and transport of wildlife, to set restrictions on euthanasia of wildlife, to establish control requirements for specified species, to require the compilation of service records and annual reporting, to create standards for suspension of licensure, and to authorize the Mayor to establish fees for licensure." Is this really regulating those companies already providing these services or is this another move to require the home owner be licensed to use sticky traps in his own house? Even though this is "defined" to be targeted at every "pest" but 4 specific groups, it is not well defined, as to many other things.)
CNS News (Includes the Washington D.C. Memorandum in PDF format.) does a wonderful job in publishing some of the remarks of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli brings up concerns regarding the spread of disease in Virginia because it will be easy for animal control workers to drop off captured pests across the Potomac river in Virginia. This is only one out of many other things Attorney General Cuccinelli discusses.
Another interesting point which Attorney General Cuccinelli brings out regarding this Wildlife Preservation Act is it's requirement of keep rodent/pest families together. How in the world will you do that? These kind of pests are almost totally independent within a week after birth! I could understand to some extent of not separating the young that are with the mother when captured, but that does not seem to be the intention! This will drive up the labor costs for the companies which will in turn pass the cost onto the customer.
An obscure mention the Act state in section 3, paragraphs (f), (g) & (h);
"(f) Captured non-target wildlife shall be released immediately at the site of capture. Captured non-target wildlife that pose an unreasonable risk to the health and safety to persons or domestic animals or that are injured and need veterinary care and rehabilitation shall:
(1) With permission of the property owner, be relocated to a suitable location where nuisance problems are unlikely to occur;
(2) Transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator, if the animal is sick, injured, or abandoned; or
(3) Euthanized if relocation or rehabilitation are not feasible.
(g) Captured target wildlife shall be:
(1) Released at the site of capture;
(2) With permission of the property owner, be relocated to a safe location where nuisance problems are unlikely to occur;
(3) Transferred to a wildlife rehabilitator, if the animal is sick, injured, or abandoned; or
(4) If none of the other options are feasible, euthanized.
(h) Wildlife expressing symptoms of disease shall be taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or surrendered to the Animal Care and Control Agency for evaluation and assessment. Outbreaks or potential widespread occurrence of suspect diseases, such as avian botulism, shall be reported to the Department.
"Avian Botulism"? Avian botulism according to the National Wildlife Health Center, a branch of the U.S. Geology Survey, is only applicable to birds! So why not reference a disease more applicable to the common house pest?
What is more condemning in the broad scheme of things is this; We as a civilization and organized communities are more concerned with the preservation of wildlife and making sure that disease carriers are not harmed when abortions are performed everyday as if the life of a little unborn child were a nuisance! A nuisance is being told that my child is not worth the life of a diseased carrier of insects! That in fact is more than a nuisance and borders on negligent homicide.
What about the demeaning of women and men in the market of pornography? What is more reprehensible, child pornography! Public nudity, Inappropriate public behavior or blatant disregard of natural law in the total acceptance of homosexuality? Are we so truly corrupt in morals that "anything goes" in public without regard for others and remorse of our offenses?
What of the open use or even medical prescription of drugs such as Marijuana, Meth-amphetamines and old opium variants? It never cures the illness, but only masks the problems. What better could the researcher be doing if they were directed to find true cures rather than symptom alleviation?
We are destroying ourselves! Can we not go back to understanding that law of nature and nature's God? There is a way to do this! Are you willing to participate and follow the principals that nature's God delineates? It is time, now. Tomorrow might be too late.
"Hear the word of the LORD,
You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah. “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” Says the LORD. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats. “When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts? “Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. “I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, They have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them. “So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;Isaiah 1:10-20
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good;
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.
“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. “If you consent and obey, You will eat the best of the land; “But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the LORD has spoken."