Sentences about dead mouse prices (markets in everything)

by on January 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm in Current Affairs, Economics | Permalink

At this time last year, the price of a frozen, euthanized mouse was 45 cents.

But now, that price has nearly doubled, said Diane Johnson, executive director of Operation WildLife Inc. And the 25-year-old animal rehabilitation clinic known as OWL is “struggling” as a result.

Here is more, and for the pointer I thank Matt F.

1 DocMerlin January 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Inflation is worse than we think.

2 food barred January 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

That’s what happens when you don’t include food or energy.

3 tt January 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Say what you want about America – thirteen bucks can still get you a hell of a lot of mice!

4 zbicyclist January 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Come to think of it, I don’t think we had a single mouse in the house all fall, even with a 101 year old house in the midwest and a 13 year old cat who’s lost a step.

Local owls seem to be feasting on skunks more, but we lack hard data on this.

5 Rahul January 9, 2013 at 11:51 pm

It is curious how moral systems evolved so we consider it humane to kill mammals to feed birds? Maybe morality is utilitarian deep down? A visceral hate for granary raiding, plague spreading rats might explain a lot.

The numbers in the story reveal that they are killing ~26,000 mice a year to save ~2500 birds. I can see the utilitarian calculus but not the moral one.

6 Cliff January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

Well, they’re breeding the mice just for this purpose. What if they let the mice die of old age and then froze them?

7 Andrew' January 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm

“What if they let the mice die of old age and then froze them?”

If anti-aging and cryonics research ever gets really rolling we are going to need a helluva lot more owls.

8 dead serious January 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

By then we’ll be able to clone them (owls). Problem solved.

9 Moti January 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Just something that popped into my head, but do we need to change the moral calculus based on how long an animal lives?

Mice live for like 30 days on average, right? Owls live for like 20 years. So supposing the goal is to let everything die of old age (i.e. not eaten/starved), then 240 mice can feed an owl with no moral problems. That’s not an order of magnitude off from what you say is a breach of morals…

I’m not sure if that made sense. In any case, circle of life, etc. Things live, things die, we play gods.

10 Mark Thorson January 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Nature has a way of straightening out misplaced morality. Like what happened to this guy:

11 Andy McGill January 10, 2013 at 1:36 am

I guess there is a lot of demand for spells using frozen mice for the Ordinary Wizarding Level exams this year.

12 Marie January 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

My friend used to volunteer at a local wild animal rescue/rehab center. She cut up frozen guinea pigs to feed to the raptors. Apparently they came a few to a blister package and you’d pop them out, slice them like a loaf of bread and toss them in to the birds. She said it was kind of weird because the guinea pig assortments were all very colorful and strangely pretty.

13 Peter January 10, 2013 at 10:18 am

One possibility for the spike in mouse prices: more people keeping snakes as pets.

14 Turkey Vulture January 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

Sounds like a great business opportunity.

15 dead serious January 10, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Great may be the wrong word. Profitable, perhaps.

Then again with a name like Turkey Vulture, you might eat all the profits.

16 MB January 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

IIUC, one of the largest mouse suppliers had a serious problem with salmonella in the product and much had to be destroyed. So there came a shortage.

These mice are used for herps as well as birds, zoos and private keepers as well as rehabbers.

There’s opportunity all around us and we usually are unaware of it. 🙂

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