fate Ratatouille Seal soon? Mayor of Paris Anne HidalgoCriticized for sightings of rodents in the capital, it will set up a task force on “cooperation” with these animals, its aide said on Thursday. Health. “The question of coexistence arises,” he said Council of Paris Anne Souyris responded to a question from the mayor of the 17th arrondissement, Geoffrey Poulard, who asked for an “ambitious plan to fight back. Proliferation of mice “.
“We recently decided to form a committee on the question, along with the mayor […] This symbiosis”, with the intention that “there should be both Very efficient And make sure it’s unbearable for Parisians,” said the elected ecologist. The Paris Animals Zoopolis animal rights group, which has called for “non-lethal methods”, welcomed the announcement.
Rats are “not a public health problem”, outbreaks are Leptospirosis The aide said the only bites would be garbage collectors who could benefit from vaccination. However, “that doesn’t mean we should let rats roam the city,” he added, recalling the municipal plan in place since 2017.
Thousands of new dumpsters and deadly traps are coming soon
In addition to buying “thousands of new garbage cans” and lethal traps “when you can’t do otherwise,” the town hall relied on “prevention” and “verbalization,” as the abandonment of waste was “the main reason for the proliferation and externalization of rats,” recalls Anne Souris.
One of the aims of a research project currently being carried out by the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, the Institut Pasteur, the Vitagro Supp and the Sorbonne in collaboration with the Town Hall is to “combat aid prejudices”, prompted Geoffrey Poulard. Parisians live better with rats. “The presence of these rodents on the surface harms the quality of life of Parisians” and hosts “44 million visitors” annually, he argued.
Elected environmentalist Dauchka Markovic sparked a debate in 2022 by calling in favor of the term. Norway rats ”, less pejorative for her, underlining that they are “useful” in their ecosystem and denouncing the “abnormal, irrational fear” of rats.