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Old 06-05-2005, 04:56 PM
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"John Edgar" writes:
| To quote from my dictionary "psychopath - a person suffering from
| chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour."
| Exactly how social is a relationship with a grey squirrel - dead or
| alive?

It depends whether you are into bestiality or not.


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In article . com,
"John Edgar" writes:
| To quote from my dictionary "psychopath - a person suffering from
| chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour."
| Exactly how social is a relationship with a grey squirrel - dead or
| alive?

It depends whether you are into bestiality or not.



There must be some pretty big squirrels in your part of the world!


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Old 06-05-2005, 09:33 PM
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To quote from my dictionary "psychopath - a person suffering from
chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour."
Exactly how social is a relationship with a grey squirrel - dead or
alive?

Your dictionary is not correct. The reason I know this is because my ex
husband was a psychopath and had to have regular visits from the CPN. He
explained that being psychopathic was nothing to do with being violent or
displaying violent tendencies.It is a lack of an abillity to empathis with
another's point of view or to feel any guilt or regret if they have caused
pain or sufferring to another.


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Old 06-05-2005, 10:06 PM
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In what way is it illegal to kill vermin by drowning them? One of the
best ways I would have thought. I believe it is illegal to drown
humans, but grey squirrels?


It was technically made illegal by virtue of the Wild Mammals Protection
Act
1996 which included drowning amongst the list of abuses outlawed from 30th
April 1997. I don't know whether the RSPCA has actually brought charges
against anyone for drowning a wild mammal, though, or if they have,
whether
the perpetrator was convicted.


It is the method recomended by the Forestry Commistion for the disposal of
this type of vermin.





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Old 06-05-2005, 10:06 PM
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How would they find out? Another unworkable law like the law making use
of mobiles while driving illegal. Who cares about abuse of vermin like
grey squirrels anyway?


How would who find out what?

Whilst many people accept the necessity of pest control, that doesn't mean
they would condone wanton cruelty to the 'pest'. Would you think it OK to
kill squirrels by roasting them alive over a slow fire, for example?


Would you consider a time of 10 seconds, or less, to death, cruelty?







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John Edgar wrote:
In what way is it illegal to kill vermin by drowning them? One of the
best ways I would have thought. I believe it is illegal to drown
humans, but grey squirrels?


It isn't illegal, although it is illegal to drown them "with intent to
inflict unnecessary suffering". Also, it does not take very long at all.
The alternative is to run it from the trap into a sack (a cloth one),
push it into a corner with your foot, and belt it with something.


I would not wish to take a chance risking my hand being severely damaged by
a vicious squirrel whilst trying to open the trap to get it into a sack.

Alan


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We have a grey squirrel which regulalrly comes to the bird table
trying to get at the fat balls and peanuts, usually unsuccessfully.
However, the litte rascal has now found it's way under our roof
tiles in to the attic and pays a visit at about 4 am every morning.
It can be heard scratching away in the attic - waking us up in the
process. Any suggestions for a (humane) solution?

Thanks

Graham


Either sleeping pills or get up and enjoy the morning.



....or stay in bed and enjoy the morning (;-)


ROTFL

Beautiful!

Alan


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John Edgar wrote:
You do not need to be humane, but maleficent in the extreme. They are
vermin and will do untold damage in your roof. They may look like
charming rascals, but they are more like monsters.

Put some poison in your roof space. That gets rid of them. You do not
ned the female giving birth up there, because the whole family will
keep coming back and they are extremely persistent. You need to kill
them all quickly. If you do not get rid of them, they will eat through
electric wiring. It all gets very expensive.


It does get expensive. I have recently replaced all the wiring in
a loft in a semi-detached house. It was nibbled bare in many places,
and a flex to a loft light had been gnawed through. The loft
insulation had been tunnelled into, raked about, and was covered in
squirrel excrement and urine. Some joists (2"x4") had been chewed
badly, about 30% of their cross-sectional area having been removed.
The loft hatch had apparently been a favoured spot for urination,
and the white gloss paint had bubbled off along one side. The owner
had previously re-wired and installed new loft insulation after the
same problem.

I've never heard a way to deter them that works. If you can find
out how they're getting in, stop up the way, but you may well find
that disposing of the individual that's found its way in is best
as they are persistent little osds and will try to re-open their
route in.

Try a Fenn trap (Mk IV). Follow the instructions. They're about a
tenner each to buy. You can get them at good fishing/sports shops,
or on the 'Net, eg: http://www.vespestcontrol.co.uk/fenn.html
http://www.euroguns.co.uk/acatalog/Fenn_traps.html Bacon rind tied
around the plate is good bait. Mind your fingers when you set them,
they are a bit vicious (don't put your fingers near a live squirrel,
either!). Make sure you inspect the trap at least twice a day for
humanitarian reasons. Also, make sure you fasten the chain on the
trap down so it can't be dragged away into the eaves. Otherwise, a
"live trap" is useful (use maize for bait) - when you've caught a
squirrel, dunk the trap and contents into a water butt. It's illegal
to release a caught squirrel elsewhere.


I am sorry but the thought of any creature struggling to breath for
several
minutes while underwater turns my stomach.


You have absolutely no idea of the prcedure for disposing of vermin, when
I had to start dealing with these pests, I was concerned about the effect
it was having, so I timed it, it generaly takes less that ten seconds.

This is nothing compared with the suffering this vermin makes when it raids
birds nests.

Alan



I nearly drowned as a youngster
and it was not pleasant and certainly not fast. The memory has never left
me
and I would never advocate using this bloody inhumane method of killing
anything.




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Please explain the use of the word "tosser" in this context


What context is that?






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Are squirrels even aware that they are being systematically destroyed?
I think not so who cares?


What on earth makes you think that grey squirrels are being destroyed, for
every one which I kill there are at least ten waiting to take it's place.

Now if you were referring to red squirrels I have to agree that they have
been all but destroyed, which is why we kave a need to reduce the grey
squirrel population, preferrably to nil.


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Drowning is very quick,

how the hell do you figure that out? Drowning is slow and bloody cruel and
possibly illegal as a method of killling the thing.

it would be dangerous to attempt to get them into a
sack,
as that would require opening the cage, which, if you have ever seen one
close up,
you would not wish to get that close to.


Ya big wimp. I have been close up to them, in Canada where I fed them from
my hand every morning, and over here where a rescue sanctuary had one in a
large aviary.


Do you also feed the other type of rat, the ones without the furry tails?





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On Thu, 5 May 2005 16:36:09 +0100, pammyT wrote:

IIRC the killing of any animal whether vermin or not, must be done
humanely and without causing pain or fear,


On that basis ordinary rat poison can hardly be called humane, it is
not a nice death.

I do agree that drowning is not really acceptable. Shoot or hit over
the head or wring it's neck.


One problem here is that you need a gun licence to shoot the things,
which is not easy to obtain under the present state of law.

So, I'm afraid it's back to drowning.

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Your dictionary is not correct. The reason I know this is because my ex
husband was a psychopath and had to have regular visits from the CPN. He
explained that being psychopathic was nothing to do with being violent or
displaying violent tendencies.It is a lack of an abillity to empathis with
another's point of view or to feel any guilt or regret if they have caused
pain or sufferring to another.


Sorry, but that's not the definition either. That would fit an autistic
person just as well.

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I do agree that drowning is not really acceptable. Shoot or hit over
the head or wring it's neck.


One problem here is that you need a gun licence to shoot the things,
which is not easy to obtain under the present state of law.


So, I'm afraid it's back to drowning.


A decent air rifle is more than adequate, and needs no licence. An air
pistol is sufficient for dispatching them in traps.

I used to kill squirrels (and rabbits) with headshots from a very old
air rifle I bought very secondhand in the early '60s (It probably dates
from around 1920) and it's still going strong. (Though with a new spring
and plunger.)

I use a pre-charged magazine one now, with a big 'scope, but it's no
more effective, except in the dusk or dark.

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