Canadian officials are considering making rat extermination a demolition pre-requisite.
Following a recent incident in which hundreds of rats fled a Vancouver demolition contract, Canadian officials are believed to be considering the extermination of the animals a condition of contract on forthcoming demolition projects.
Faced with an exploding rat population, partially the result of a strike by refuse disposal and collection workers, the officials are believed to be reviewing their policy on pest control.
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It is ironic that, on this side of the Atlantic, many contractors are now required to build alternative accommodation for bats, voles, and a whole variety of bird species!