Turning "Pests" into "Guests"
Issues with The Pest Advisory Board
In the wizarding world, the Pest Advisory Board forms part of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Its role includes providing “assistance with serious Bundimun infestations of wizarding homes,” dealing with “serious infestations of Chizpurfles,” taking responsibility for the Ghoul Task Force, and maintaining a pack of a dozen albino bloodhounds “to use in dealing with nogtails.”
What we take from this is that the board essentially hunts and eradicates these creature populations as a form of “pest” control, which is a form of speciesism. The name of the board implies the idea that these creatures are a nuisance and that they need to go away.
But where can they go away to? If they were to be relocated away from the wizarding population, is there somewhere safe and suitable for these creatures to live?
According to PETA, it’s important to release the creatures close to where you found them:
“Captured mice and rats can be kept calm by placing a towel over the trap. Release them within 100 yards of where they were trapped. [...] Releasing a mouse or rat into a strange area will almost surely result in the animal’s death because relocated animals don’t know where to find adequate food, water, or shelter and often become weak and succumb to predation or foreign parasites or disease against which they lack a natural immunity.”
Educate Your Friends and Family
Finally, spread the word. Speak to your friends and family about the harmful impact that pesticides and traps can have on animals and encourage them to use the more humane and safe alternatives we’ve listed above.
Every small action you do and every time you make an effort to educate others will have an impact on the safety and livelihoods of animals.
Written by Grace Hurley
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