Why do people hate rats so much?

Why do people hate rats so much? I live in England and people here are notoriously sentimental about animals, but they hate rats with what seems like an irrational degree of ferocity. Is it just an unexamined bias or is there a logical reason for it? Am I dysfunctional because I don't experience an immediate innate disgust towards rats and actually find them really sympathetic and cute? I just don't get it, please could someone explain it to my moronic autistic brain?

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  1. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    uhm akchully fleas carried the plague

  2. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    >they were carriers of disease
    the large part left out is they lived in human conditions at that time which were extremely poor. Until the age of sanitation became unified the west used to be exactly like india. Trash and shit everywhere, filth growing on walls who knows what in the sewer systems

  3. 4 months ago
    Anonymous

    The real question is why is my whole homosexual family and everybody my sister knows too so afraid of mice? Im a girl and rodents even wild ones dont freak me out to approach or catch.

    • 4 months ago
      Anonymous

      Post boobs

  4. 5 months ago
    Anonymous
  5. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I live in deep countryside and often see rats in the trees and bushes.
    I have no aversion towards them, in fact I find them interesting to watch, but when one snuck into my house it made life hell, so I understand why people are wary of them.

  6. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Black and brown rats are really destructive pests. Yes, the domesticated brown rat makes a great pet and (like many parasitic-commensal species once domesticated) are perfectly safe? Feral/wild animals cause property damage, ecological damage, carry an impressive array of disease, can and do attack humans, are associated with filth and poverty, and can be very annoying to get rid of.

  7. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    shit and piss everywhere

  8. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ewe can be the most compassionate animal man in the world but once you find rat shit in your cheerios you will become death

  9. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    might have something to to with being pests I dunnoo

  10. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    It's because they scuttle. All creatures that scuttle are to be feared.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Puppies scuttle too

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        we should fear the wolf

  11. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Cable and rope nibbling, the plague, them being scavengers and going for the trash or still well kept food, high fertility and a tendency to be sneaky and small enough they can't be properly shoo'd out of somewhere

  12. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are you familiar with the term "sewer rat"? What might be unpleasant to humans about such a creature I wonder

  13. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Historically they ate people's stored food when food was limited as well as carried diseases (i don't mean the black plague).

  14. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's a nice little mouse in my room and I like it but it's also a liability. I'm gonna catch it and throw it in a field somewhere.

  15. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    >why do people hate rats?
    >in the home of the Black Plague
    Golly, I wonder

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      yeah but that was like 100 years ago or something

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      >home of the Black Plague
      I think you'll find that was mongolia

      • 4 months ago
        Anonymous

        Why do 90% of the worst shit always comes from this part of the world?

  16. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    If a rat were to scamper through your front door, right now, would you greet it with hostility?
    Has a rat ever done anything to you to create this animosity
    you feel toward them?
    I propose to you any disease a rat could spread a squirrel could equally carry.
    Yet, I assume you don't share the same animosity with squirrels that you do with rats, do you?

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      Squirrels are rabbies ninjas, never heard or saw one except as a kid once where It ninja dropped on another kid in recess and bit/scratched him for no reasons and he had to get a rabbies shot because of It

  17. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    I love them too. Yea they're cute but they cause so many problems

  18. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    They poop all over everything, tear up your things, and spread disease.

  19. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    They ruin food and damage property. They're an economic threat, and normal morality is suspended for economic threats.
    >Am I dysfunctional because I don't experience an immediate innate disgust towards rats
    Is having preferences and values untainted by social norms "dysfunctional"? depends on who's reckoning.

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      When I was in school the physics teacher didn't allow to eat in physics class because then rats come and they chew down cables

  20. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    Rats are dirty and disgusting, normal humans are disgusted by them and try to kill them

  21. 5 months ago
    Anonymous
  22. 5 months ago
    anon

    ww1, also the bubonic plague and yea they're cute after but they are vicious in packs and get fricking huuuuuge.

  23. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    The reason they're hated in England is because of in the Muslim faith rats are considered "dirty"

    • 5 months ago
      Anonymous

      white people hate them too though.

      • 5 months ago
        Anonymous

        White Englishman? Unlikely.

        Also rats on boats are murder so there's that.

  24. 5 months ago
    Anonymous
  25. 5 months ago
    Anonymous

    The gigantic balls disturbs people.

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