Rats have rights: bugs should be allowed to roam in Paris say protesters are opposed to a sacrifice

It is estimated that around four million rats live in Paris, a ratio of 1.8 rats to humans

Animal rights advocates are intensifying attempts to save the rampaging rats from being victims of more planned massacres in Paris.

In June of this year, Geoffrey Boulard, mayor of the 17th district in northwest Paris, announced that residents could inform rodents through an interactive map.

Commenting to the city authorities for not reducing the number of rats, he told Le Parisien: "The presence of rats in the public space is worrisome and has become more serious.

"We had a kindergarten surrounded by dead and living rats, no one is taking responsibility, it's a public health issue."

It is estimated that around four million rats live in Paris, a ratio of 1.8 rats to humans

It is estimated that around four million rats live in Paris, a ratio of 1.8 rats to humans

Then, he launched the interactive map, to allow residents to request the intervention of municipal services, in the form of leaving poisoned baits and placing rat traps in places where they are prolific.

It is estimated that around four million rats live in Paris, a ratio of rats to humans of 1.8.

But activists in favor of the rat have been looking for a turn in that action, and have urged Boulard to reduce the population of rodents naturally, through the use of contraceptive drugs as a humanitarian alternative to extermination programs.

Geoffrey Boulard, mayor of the 17th arrondissement, wants to kill the rats

Geoffrey Boulard, mayor of the 17th arrondissement, wants to kill the rats

Claudine Duperret

Claudine Duperret

Geoffrey Boulard, mayor of district 17, wants to kill rats, but animal rights activist Claudine Duperret, right, thinks a "balanced" approach is needed

There has even been an online petition, signed by 26,000 people, calling for the cessation of poisoning and capture.

Her instigator, Jo Benchetrit, told the Wall Street Journal that she and other animal rights activists considered such methods "cruel".

A fellow activist, Claudine Duperret, 59, who has received 25 rats from the streets in the past 11 years, and is behind a Facebook page that searches for rats lovers to also "rescue". to the rodents, he told the WSJ: "They really need to find a balance to live together."

On her Facebook page, "Save the Rats", she and others share stories about the progress of their pets, including baby rats rescued from Parisian laboratories, which were under threat of being euthanized.

But, his attempt to stop the rats is complicated: in January of this year, Le Parisien published an impressive video that shows dozens of creatures that are concentrated in a garbage can.

It was taken on the banks of the Seine River, in the center of all popular tourist sites, including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Orsay art gallery.

An employee of the city council said in the video that one of his colleagues told me that a rat jumped in his throat and another in his arm … we should not expect a tragedy. "

Paris launched an extermination program of £ 1.4 million last September, with areas closed during the killings, but in no way has it succeeded.

While there are those who oppose the presence of rats on the streets of Paris, others have been "rescued" & # 39; and turning them into their pets

While there are those who oppose the presence of rats on the streets of Paris, others have been "rescued" & # 39; and turning them into their pets

While there are those who oppose the presence of rats on the streets of Paris, others have been "rescued" & # 39; and turning them into their pets

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