That was the message delivered to the MTA on Wednesday by the vice president of the Transport Workers Union. “People have a right not to be terrorized by biological terrorism, and that’s what these rats are,” said Maurice Jenkins, about the increasing threat the disease-carrying rodents are creating in the subways.

Transit workers have launched a very public campaign and are asking the public to sign an online petition—via a website featuring an illustration of a nightmarish rat—demanding that the MTA take steps to curb this problem. If that doesn’t work, perhaps they should just play this video on loop: