Written by Michelle Kretzer
your barbells to Millennium
Partners Sports Club Management, LLC, which is banning glue
traps from all its locations nationwide.
talks with PETA, Millennium learned how glue traps cause their victims a
slow, agonizing death. Because the animals get stuck but aren't killed, they
struggle to free themselves, often ripping off fur, skin, or feathers in the
process. They may also chew off their own limbs to try to escape. Animals may
languish for days before finally succumbing to starvation, dehydration,
exhaustion, or injuries. And glue traps don't discriminate—birds, companion animals, and even small children
can be harmed by them.
with that information, Millennium agreed that glue traps had about as much
business being in their gyms as a triple cheeseburger—and neither one will be
making it through the door.
sure that neither gets through your door, either, with a humane "smart" mousetrap
(and a veggie burger, of course).
A homeowner in Virginia learned the hard
way that glue traps don't discriminate—they will snare any animal, anytime. The
man had set out the trap at his home, and when he checked it 24 hours later, he
found nine snakes caught in the sticky pan. Thankfully, the homeowner was
decent enough to immediately take the trap to The Wildlife Center of Virginia, an organization that offers health care to native wildlife.
Using mineral oil, Goo Gone, and a lot of care, the staff freed the snakes and released
them back into the wild. Good job, everyone!
These snakes were lucky—they didn't
languish for days in the trap before finally succumbing to starvation and
dehydration, as many animals caught in glue traps do. They didn't tear themselves apart struggling to escape. Their mouths didn't
become lodged in the glue, causing them to asphyxiate. And they had
compassionate people working to ensure that they were freed from the trap.
Most animals who are caught in glue
traps aren't as lucky, and these animals are very often not even the ones the
glue trap was supposed to catch. Birds, squirrels, gerbils, hamsters, cats, dogs, and even small children can fall prey
to glue traps.
PETA offers a Humane Smart Mousetrap that is effective and completely safe for children and nontarget animals.
When the mouse enters the trap to obtain the food reward, the door shuts behind him or her.
All the homeowner has to do is monitor the trap carefully and then carry it
outside, lift the door, and walk away. The mouse runs away, and the homeowner
never has to touch the little animal.
To order your Humane
Smart Mousetrap, visit the PETA
Catalog. And save countless lives by offering to loan it
to anyone who is considering using a glue trap.
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