Mayor Adams Hates Rats! PETA Rushed Him Empathy Kits, “Rats Have Rights” Mugs


Editor’s note: Staten Islander News recently reported on suggestions that PETA has for humanely dealing with NYC’s rat problem, which has been plaguing the city for decades.  It’s recently become a much larger problem as residents have been leaving their trash on the curbs for so long that the issue continues to grow. Learn more about the empathy kits they sent. And for those with mouse issues, this article may be helpful as well.  

New York — As Mayor Eric Adams—who declared that he “hates rats” during today’s announcement that New York City will host the inaugural National Urban Rat Summit—could apparently use a lesson in showing kindness and respect for all New Yorkers, PETA is rushing him one of its Empathy Kits, which offer a step-by-step guide to cultivating compassion, along with its popular “ Rats Have Rights” mug.

“Instead of trash-talking rats, Mayor Adams should focus on clearing New York’s streets of the massive heaps of garbage attracting them in the first place,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on Adams to stop villainizing rats for a problem created by humans and to address this issue with respect and understanding.”
PETA points out that the adoption of better trash pickup procedures and the implementation of rat birth control—which the city is finally considering but should move quickly on—are the keys to truly solving the situation. Killing methods such as glue traps, poisons, or drowning are not only cruel to rats but also ineffective, as the decreased competition for available food sources leads to accelerated breeding among survivors—and a spike in populations. New Yorkers can help do their part by not leaving out food, keeping trash in chew-proof containers, and never buying or using cruel and ineffective wildlife-control products.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—points out that Every Animal Is Someone and offers free Empathy Kits for people who need a lesson in kindness. For more information, please visit or follow the group on XFacebook, or Instagram.
Banner Image: The kit sent to Mayor Adams. Image Credit – PETA


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, and PETA entities have more than 9 million members and supporters globally. PETA opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in laboratories, in the food industry, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment business. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of rodents, birds, and other animals who are often considered “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals. PETA works through public education, investigative newsgathering and reporting, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

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