The Wall Street Journal debuted its New York edition today, which featured on its front page the breaking story, “Rats Mob the Upper East Side.” The WSJ reports: “An army of rats is scurrying into apartments, stores and even car engines on a stretch of the Upper East Side.”
Meanwhile, over on Vanity Fair, they may have unwittingly proposed a solution:
Here are some choice quotes from the VF piece:
- “I love the masculinity of it. It’s sort of the bad-ass fur,” [Designer Billy] Reid explains.
- Locals have explored other uses for nutria [rat] pelts, including pillows and teddy bears.
- “It makes a great blanket,” says Edmond Mouton, biologist and program manager at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. His department’s Web site includes a recipe for “stuffed nutria hindquarters” that serves 15.
I don’t know what PETA will have to say about this. But I can’t imagine the rich fashionistas of the Upper East Side caring. Because if there’s one organization that’s persona non grata on the Upper East Side — where there’s probably more fur per capita than anywhere else — it’s PETA.