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The New York Department of Health And Mental Hygiene objects to deli owners keeping cats around to deter rats on the grounds that animals are not allowed into establishments where food and drink are served. That’s all well and good, judging by certain infamous news clips (above), but we’re pretty sure that a few well-tended cats prowling around is more hygienic than the alternative.
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Laws don’t do SQWAT!
There are “animals” (i.e., rats) around food establishments. If we have to have “animals”, I’d prefer cats!
I remember in my youth stores of all types (i.e., deli; fish; bodegas; bakeries) where cats were common place. I really never thought about why, but it’s obvious now.
Sometimes, simple solutions are the best.
Maybe the poor guy being fined can claim it’s his seeing eye cat?
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