The infamous D.C. rat population appears to have gained some newfound political clout. Not only did rats prompt, in part, the weekend raid on the Occupy D.C. camps, but the rodents now will be getting their own summit.
Rats most recently made the news when city officials expressed concern about unsanitary conditions at the Occupy D.C. camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza. When U.S. Park Police raided the McPherson encampment Saturday, a biohazard check turned up dead rats among the detritus.
Now, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) says his office will help coordinate a meeting of regional governments to address the rat problem. And in true D.C. fashion, the Washington Examiner and other media have dubbed it a “rat summit.”
At the summit — the date and place have not yet been set — Cuccinelli also plans to discuss his criticism of D.C.’s animal control law. Called the Wildlife Protection Act, the measure was approved in 2010 but has not yet been fully implemented.