Well if you happen to live in Alberta, Canada you will notice a distinct shortage of rats. They have all been evicted, deported to Maidstone or systematically hunted down and executed. Not even a single trial was conducted. The rats have well and truly been slaughtered. The only exception to summary execution without trial was deportation to Maidstone aboard a slow boat. Work your passage and then best of British when you get there. Take your chances with a few grains of wheat in your pocket.
Alberta have successfully completed an aggressive 50 year pest control programme resulting in the province being rodent free. They estimate that they have saved $1 billion in property damage, livestock damage, human suffering and healthcare as well as lost and contaminated food.
Possession of an unlicensed rat is punishable by a hefty fine or jail sentence. Only zoos, hospitals and research labs are allowed to keep caged rats. No license, no rat!
So if you want a rat free lifestyle, free from Weil's disease, leptospirosis, hantavirus and bubonic plague get a flight to Alberta. Leave the rats in Maidstone and head off to Canada where the only pests you will see are noisy children out with their mum's tethered to their strollers, blissfully unaware of their soiled diapers and screaming for their pacifiers. It's not all bad though, plenty of white stuff in the winter time. Anyone for aprés ski, yeahaaa!