Rodents are mammals, characterised by their incisors, which are kept sharp by constant gnawing. On an anthropomorphic level some rodents, such as water voles, are rather nice and have the full protection of the law.
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Insects are the most diverse and numerous of animals and, as all fans of science fiction will know, are waiting in the wings to take over the earth. In the mean time however, they need to be controlled.
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In the UK all wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. However, birds that are recognised as pests can have that protection removed.
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Glossary of Terms

CHAS: Contractors health and Safety Assessment Scheme

CIEU: Chartered institute of Environmental Health

COPR: Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986

HACCP: Hazards Analysis Critical Control Point

EU Directives: Requirements for nation states to adapt their laws so as to achieve a specific requirement

FSA: Food Standards Agency