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The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are at loggerheads over killing of rats. While the welfare board has raised voice against the act, the civic body believes killing rats is as an ideal solution.

Rahul Shewale, the Chairman of the civic body’s standing committee, has said that it was not possible to stop killing rats with monsoons round the corner. He also assured that killing rats would not invite diseases. Medicos feel that if the rodents continue to grow in number, Leptospirosis, Rabies and other food-borne diseases may rise, as rats may pass on infections like gastro or hepatitis through edibles.

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