Monday, March 5, 2007

Birth Control is for the Squirrels.

Today's oddball news comes from you, Santa Monica, CA. These are your tax dollars at work:

SANTA MONICA, California (AP) -- Officials have tried poison, gassing and euthanasia to control a breeding frenzy among squirrels in a city park here. Now, they plan to give birth control a shot.

Under a new program to start this summer, squirrels in Palisades Park will be injected with an immuno-contraceptive vaccine to stunt their sexual development.

Contraceptive vaccine! Once again , reproduction is a disease.

At least this is one population control endeavor that makes sense. Squirrels are cute, but they also carry fleas, and (unlike people) really are incapable of self-restraint.

Of course, the reason given for this measure in the CNN article is the fact that they don't want to kill them.

My alternate headline?
Santa Monican Sissys can't kill Superfluous Squirrels.

Source: CNN

Thanks to my brother for the tip!

Edit: Some of the comments on this story by Dave Barry's readers are worth a look.


VRWC1999 said...

Something very similar happened in San Francisco. The only difference is that city officials didn't even have the intestinal fortitude to even approach the ferocious beasties. However, I don't believe that the PETA crowd would go for the city council infringing on the "reproductive rights of the squirrel". Just wait until they catch wind of this.

Tito said...

We need to not throw around these vaccinations to ALL squirrels, for it would be an insult to homosexual squirrels to be considered heterosexual.

Ahhh, liberal contradictions all around.