In all seriousness, this is of course a grave problem, but people who think of creative, not to mention efficient, solutions for our future on this planet give me hope.
I've had rats as pets before, when I was living at home and my parents wouldn't let me get a dog or cat, and they are possibly the most intelligent very small pet you can get. More affectionate than any pothead's reptile (yes, the only people I've ever known to keep large snakes as pets were bongmongers, sue me for defamation,) and far more intelligent than any idiot hamster or guinea pig. They are great pets, and I've known a few homeless people in my hitch-hiking days that had rats that would actually attack hostile people.
So they're great, smart pets, and I think it's awesome and a little heartbreaking they are being put to this use. Think about donating?