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Consumer Advisory on Miracle-Gro Mouse Mischief

Written by PETA | July 30, 2010
Dead Mouse

Countless consumers, knowing little to nothing about how to deal humanely with mice, buy the Ortho Home Defense MAX Kill & Contain Mouse Trap because it promises a quick, out-of-sight death, with “no mess.” But not so fast! PETA is hearing that numerous people have been horrified to discover squeaking mice inside the traps, alive and conscious but bloody and writhing from their injuries.

After Scotts Miracle-Gro Company refused to respond to our letter detailing our concerns with these cruel devices, PETA filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission seeking action against the company for its misleading claims—and we’ve asked Scotts Miracle-Gro chair and CEO James Hagedorn to pull the traps from store shelves, as we believe that the company is violating the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices.

“Scotts’ deceptive advertising is fooling people into thinking that they are buying a humane mousetrap when what they are actually getting is a miniature torture chamber,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. Indeed, mice who become caught in these traps die slowly from stress-induced struggling, dehydration, heat prostration, or starvation.

So until further notice, put Scotts Miracle-Gro with that other company that Lowesballs both truth in advertising and compassion for mice. We promise to keep you updated on developments regarding this case—and we ask that you promise to always be kind to mice by using this humane, effective trap.

Written by Karin Bennett

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  • Tory says:

    I personally experienced this issue with these traps and truly was horrified. Buy humane traps from PETA or off of the internet they work great and you can easily release the mouse away from your home with no contact at all. We use the Smart Mouse Trap and it works great! These creatures deserve to be treated humanely!

  • Diane Lukich says:

    There is no such thing as a humane trap except the live traps that allow you to release them unharmed. I have had little pet mice for years. They were in my house and couldn’t be released due to freezing weather. They have been a joy to have around. They are kind sweet and care for each other. We have choices of how to treat others.

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