Originally Posted by aravenel
Maybe I'm an asshole, but I don't have much sympathy for rats. I mean, I'm not going to deliberately cause one undue pain, but some people get all up in arms about how traps are inhumane and stuff and it just drives me crazy. Rats are pests, I am going to kill them in any way possible, especially after seeing the damage they can cause to a house.
An asshole would do something like throw a glue trapped animal into the bin for it to starve to death and gnaw its leg off, rather than humanely euthanise it. The person with that rat story should have just killed the animal then and there, rather than inflict unnecessary agony to it.
I would argue that glue traps are inhumane. Regardless if they are pests, nothing deserves to be tortured to death and if you have to kill something, do it quickly and with minimal pain. That's why I recommend a good snap trap. It is perfectly understandable how some people can see some traps as inhumane. Getting stuck on a sheet of plastic to die either from starvation, or injuries from ripping off, drenched in shit and piss, is a pretty terrible way to kill something.
Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy
Nope - not an asshole. Rather, perfectly reasonable. They are pests. They spread disease. Folks who believe such treatment is inhumane have entirely too much time on their hands.
What's perfectly reasonable?
Killing them? Sure.
Burning them alive? Sticking them on glue traps, then chucking them out alive? Pouring boiling water on them? Nope.
Originally Posted by munchausen
Dude, if I thought it would get rid of these rats, I would gladly crucify one in view of the others. Thankfully I have a cat and two dogs so they aren't coming in the house.
Sure you would. Unless you're some kind of sadist that likes torturing little animals to death?
Originally Posted by nootje
Actually, this method works. Old farmers trick, catch one alive and toss it alive in a burning oil drum, the screams of it dying slowly will send all others evacuating within earshot, not to be seen for 2 -3 years. Used for barns etc. And most definately not for the faint of heart.
I doubt it works, sounds like an urban legend to me. And it sounds like the people doing it are pretty horrible human beings, I've known farmers who have suffered mouse plagues over here and they'd never do something like that. Not to mention it'd be time inefficient and a waste of resources, if you want to ignore the morality of it.