PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest'

PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest'
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has put up a new billboard in the city of Baltimore targeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation MORE's son-in-law and adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump administration plans livestreaming border wall construction: report Overnight Defense: Families sue over safety hazards at Army base | Lawmakers, NBA's Enes Kanter speak out ahead of Erdoğan visit | Washington braces for public impeachment hearings Bolton suggests Trump's Turkey policy motivated by personal, financial interest: NBC MORE, whose family reportedly owns thousands of homes in the area.

The billboard depicts a cartoon version of Kushner sitting on a large pile of cash, labeling him a "rich pest." Next to his image is a cartoon rat with a slice of cheese labeled "poor guy just trying to survive." At the bottom of the billboard reads the message "Everyone deserves HUMANE rodent control."

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The ad follows Trump's recent attacks on Baltimore as "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" as well as reports that Kushner Companies owns numerous properties in the area known for code violations, including rat infestations.

“Smart, social, resourceful rats who are just trying to eke out an existence suffer when entitled landlords neglect humane rodent-control measures,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a press release announcing the billboard on Monday. “PETA encourages building managers to evict unwanted tiny tenants using only effective, nonlethal methods.”

The billboard is located on an intersection near Baltimore City Hall, the Central District Police Department and a number of other local government entities.

In its release, PETA lists a number of humane ways to deal with pest and rodent infestations instead of using poisons or other lethal methods. 

This is not the first time PETA has taken aim at the Trump administration. In April 2018, the organization placed a billboard near the U.S.-Mexico border attacking Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDonald Trump Jr. says critics are 'subverting will of the people' The Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing Trump Jr's 'Triggered' debuts at No. 1 on NY Times bestseller list MORE, for his hunting hobby.

“Deport Callous Cheating Opportunists Now!” the billboard, which shows Trump Jr. holding a knife and the tail of an elephant, reads. “All nations have their undesirables. Kindness welcome.”