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People for the Ethical Treatment of Rats: Building Chicago’s Rodent Population

DNAinfo 9 May 2017 One Comment

Spurred by the soaring number of complaints about rats, city officials launched a pilot program that used dry ice to suffocate rats underground that Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams told aldermen in October was “effective, especially near parks and pets.”


Crews put dry ice — frozen carbon dioxide — into rat burrows and sealed the holes with dirt and newspaper. As the dry ice warmed into a gas, it suffocated the trapped rats, leaving them to decompose in the holes — away from people.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals objected to the lethal technique, with a representative telling DNAinfo that the rodents “deserve our protection.”

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  • Jim Ridings said:

    First do something about the rats’ nests in City Hall and the Thompson Center.

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