The Mouse Workplace Safety Commission today issued an urgent warning over the dangers of unregulated scurrying near human bread-makers.
The warning follows a call from a senior mouse demanding that something be done about 'the baker menace'. Capt George Squeek, a retired ship's mouse now living in a skirtingboard in Purley, wants "all right-thinking mice to start dismantling these dangerous and violent machines".
"We cannot carry on like this. Did you know that 1 in 3 human households now owns a breadmaking machine? Ok, so they are only switched on every three years, but even so, this is a clear and present danger."
"I think I speak for all mice when I say that we have had enough! No more should we endure the tragic sight of poor little mouse bodies squashed into a slice of malt-loaf, heartlessly half-eaten by these unthinking human wretches..."
Mouse politicians have been warned to be on their guard when near dough, or even flour, yeast or other weapons of mass breadmaking.