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‘Win It’ Wednesday: Humane Mouse Trap

Written by PETA | March 25, 2009

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on this Win It Wednesday. The winners of the humane mousetrap are Christina Eckhart, Ipstenu, and Jennifer Short. Congratulations!

It’s almost spring, the time when a young mouse’s fancy turns to thoughts of love. Next thing you know, you may start hearing the pitter-patter of little mouse feet on your attic floorboards. Now, we know you would never want to hurt one of these cute little guys, but we can understand if some of you don’t want them setting up a love nest in your box of old LPs. That’s why we’re offering up three of our popular humane mousetraps for “Win It” Wednesday.


Humane Mousetrap


PETA’s mousetraps are great because mice can be caught alive and unharmed and released outdoors. The same can’t be said of glue traps, which we’ve been begging Lowe’s for months to stop selling. It’s like they don’t care that animals caught in these traps can suffer for days before finally succumbing to starvation, dehydration, or suffocation.

How do you win? Post a comment with your thoughts on why Lowe’s should stop selling glue traps. The three people who post the most persuasive answers will each win a humane mousetrap.

The contest ends on April 1, 2009, and we’ll choose the three most persuasive comments as the winners on April 3, 2009. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting. Check back every Wednesday for new prizes. Good luck!

Written by Lianne Turner

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  • Renee Baumgartner says:

    It took my daughter’s insistence to help me understand how wrong it was to use glue traps, and to remind me that these little critters are God’s creatures too. It is interesting how humans let fear cause them to use something inhumane in the first place. I now know how wrong that is, and it took my daughter to teach me. I now will use nothing but humane traps and I am going to let my daughter take them out and free them! What a great feeling! Thank you, Sumrestar!

  • This is the first time in years I’ve had little critters inside my home. I moved to a larger home by a huge lake and was thrilled to feed all the wonderful birds. However, mice like sunflower seeds and nuts too, only they are somehow transporting them from the bird feeders several feet from my home into the lower level walk out. I love mice, so darn cute! but not chewing up my home. I would never buy a trap that makes an animal suffer, then die a cruel death. I am going to try to find entry points to my home today but I’d also love to have some PETA catch and release traps! I also shop at Lowe’s and plan to write, call and petition them to remove glue traps!

  • Jessevyn says:

    captain_kresgie…the sad thing about the spring trap is they DONT always kill instantly. They can get caught in the abdominal area and suffer for a while so before you speak check yourself

  • captain_kresgie says:

    A standard, spring mouse trap will kill mice instantly and painlessly, and is reusable. With most live traps, mice chew through the door in less than 15 minuites.

  • Fawn says:

    Yesterday I heard a mouse screaming and fighting for its life after getting stuck to a glue trap at work. it was the saddest thing i ever saw! no one else at works thinks that there is anything wrong with it, i don’t understand people sometimes. i wish that there were no such thing as glue traps in the first place and then we wouldn’t even have to stop the sale of them. who ever thought about such a cruel and horrible contraption?!

  • tjnash says:

    Lowe’s isn’t the only place that sells the glue traps, HomeDepot, Walmart, Kmart, Target, every local grocery store, Dollar stores etc…So why only lowe’s for the target? I have tried the humane way of ridding the home of these creatures…but have not been sucessful…not sure what else I have for options…they carry diseases that I would perfer not to pass to my children…so suggestions would be nice!

  • says:

    Win It Wednesday Humane Mouse Trap.. OMG! 🙂

  • Marianne Crawford says:

    Sure wish i win. I ordered 2 traps and had to toss them both as the mice chewed up the door and now it won’t latch any longer. And it is not like i left them in there forever, the longest period was over night. I loved to see them run to freedom, what a joy. I was in Loew’s and wanted to throw all the glue traps in the garbage, it made me so mad. Every creature has a right to live!

  • marie says:

    I need help folks. I have a large population of mice living in my house due to the fact that I worked out of town for 7 months. I have trapped 22 of them and because the winter weather of Calgary (-20C tonight)is probably a sure death for them, I’m keeping them in 8 aquariums. Problem is the smell and my worries of them spreading something to my free run house bunnies. To make matters worse, some of the mice have been fighting and I’m seeing blood in some of their little cardboard houses. I don’t know what to do anymore but I can’t stand things the way they are. Anyone who has some helpful suggestions I would so very much appreciate. Thank you in advance.

  • Jasmina says:

    People love free stuff. Maybe if you can find volunteers to build friendly mouse traps and have Lowe’s distribute them for free maybe people will choose the free over the glue….

  • Giles says:

    And what will you do with the house mice you have “humanely” trapped? Where will you release them and where will they live? House mice live around people and will not survive if released into the “wild”. If you trap a lactating female mouse you will then be subjecting her young to an “inhumane” death by slow startvation. The only truly “humane” way of dealing with house mice is to restrict their food supply by keeping everything edible locked or swept away. Their numbers will soon regulate themselves when there is insufficient food to sustain the population.

  • Derek says:

    Lowes should stop selling sticky mouse traps because they are noisy and such a mess. After you a mouse gets caught it usually makes a really high pitch squeaking sound and rustles around for HOURS!! And you wouldn’t believe the mess it makes when you have to drop a cement block on the mouseladen trap to kill the rodent!! Lowes should have changed they policy a long time ago and I’m glad there’s an organization out there that is doing something about it!! Thank You PETA!!!!

  • Wendy says:

    I will not shop at Lowes with something so gross thoughtless and cruel. Yes most of us do not want to live with house mice the ovious choice is a safe cruel free house trap like the one Peta is showing then placing them unharmed outside away from your home in a safe area.

  • Michelle says:

    I have pet mice and one escaped and I could not find her. I used a glue trap stupidly bc I just figured I could trap her then get her out easy enough. Well no way! I was freaking out as the poor thing got more and more embedded it the glue. It was horrible. I thought she would be gone. Thankfully I called the company and said how the heck can I get her out and they said veg. oil. So thank god it worked. VEG OIL WILL GET THEM OUT. I can’t believe some people can allow something to suffer so greatly. I have also heard that some rodents will chew off their limbs in a desperate attempt to escape. Horrible. Use the most humane methods possible… and this should not be tolerated at all. Its complete suffering!!!!

  • Shawna Flavell says:

    Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on this Win It Wednesday. The winners of the humane mousetrap are Christina Eckhart Ipstenu and Jennifer Short. Congratulations!

  • Heather C says:

    I can’t imagine how you ‘dispose’ of glue traps without thinking about the torture the mice go through.

  • Robert R says:

    I got a catch and release trap from Lowe’s last year…so they have them…i wish more people would buy them instead of the cheaper inhumane traps

  • kay wolter says:

    pick Me please

  • Gary Emes says:

    They should stop selling glue traps because tearing arms and legs off of anything is just filthy gross.

  • Justine says:

    As an animal lover I would never want to see an animal no matter what species hurt or harmed in any way. And I would never want to be the one who hurt or harmed an animal by using a glue trap. I couldn’t stand knowing that I contributed to a defenseless animal’s suffering. And the fact is the animals stuck in a glue trap do suffer. A lot. They exhaust themselves struggling to get free from the relentless glue only becoming more hopelessly stuck than before. As they move about patches of skin fur or feathers are ripped from their bodies. Sometimes trapped animals attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape. After suffering for days they eventually die of dehydration starvation suffocation andor shock. Experiencing a tremendous amount of pain and stress all the animal can do is lie and wait for its death. Glue traps aren’t picky about which creatures get caught in them either. Animals like birds insects and reptiles even companion animals can get caught in them. Yes that’s right your pet hamster parakeet bunny turtle or kitten could find itself in a sticky situation. Allowing a human to die in this way is unacceptable and would by most people’s standards be classified as torture. So why do people think it’s ok to use cruel glue traps to get rid of unwanted visitors?

  • Jennie Weer says:

    Lowes should definetly stop selling glue traps because not only is it inhumane and cruel its completly unnecessary.I think that since animals are all alike they should be treated alike.If there was a cat in your attic and found it’s way in your house you’d let it loose outside or try to find the owner not capture it kill it slowly and hear it cry.All animals are equal whatever they may be.

  • David Clark says:

    Why don’t they sell these in the stores? I’ve got regular live traps but they’re made for larger animals. Smaller animals won’t set it off… they just get free lunch! Please please please check live traps frequently if you use them. A neglected live trap isn’t a heck of a lot better than glue or spring traps. The point is to transport the animal to a location that’s safer so that it can live. Thanks for the contest. superdavefiveatyahoodotcom

  • Christina says:

    Lowe’s should stop selling glue traps because they are selling DEATH and TORTURE! Our society has much better uses for glue! Despite the damage that mice can cause in homes I’m certain that they’d rather be relocated to happy green fields where they can LIVE which is what these new humane mousetraps foster.

  • Dru Mooney says:

    Glue traps were invented long before people realized how inhumane they arewith all the “improvements” Lowe’s offers their customers they should get with the program and realize these are antiquated and cruel. Please offer better choices!

  • Jennifer Short says:

    How would YOU like to die a cruel and unusual death? Would YOU like to just be walking along and get stuck in something and not be able to move until you finally starve to death or die of dehydration? That’s what is happening to the mice who are stuck in glue traps. I’ve had a mouse in my kitchen for MONTHS that I’d like rid of but I don’t want to kill it and that’s what using a glue trap would do. If I can live with a mouse for months because I don’t believe in glue traps the least you can do is stop selling the glue traps and sell HUMANE ways of getting rid of mice!

  • Michelle Draveski says:

    boy do I need this every fall

  • Karen Gonyea says:

    What an inhumane trap.

  • Kari Follett says:

    Oh my gosh I hate the thought of poor little creatures being trapped and in pain. I have two pet rats and we just saved a mouse that was living in my closet and released it on our property. It infuriates me that Lowes is still selling those awful traps!

  • Dave says:

    They put some of those glue traps out where I worked. I threw them away and bought some catchandrelease traps from Home Depot. Poor little creatures. They have just as much right to live.

  • scarlette says:

    This is great. I hate to have a critter in my house but also think they are so darn cute and can not hurt them

  • Debbie Criss says:

    I’m getting greener everyday. I think we as consumers should make more natural everyday products. This would stop sales that are hurting our enviroment and save us money. I try to do everything natural. I have learned how to make my own dert. soaps shampoos etc. I collect a recipe box full of tips and recipes for everything. I have came across several tips. Make a sachet using one of the following dry cayenne pepper mint or whole cloves placing them where mice have been seen.Or if you can find them in oils soak cotton balls and place on a lid of some sort. Haven’t had any mice in yet but when they do I’ll be trying this myself. Would love to win just in case this doesn’t work.

  • Sarah says:

    It disgusts me how people will love dolphins and tigers and be appalled when someone does them ill yet they will mercilessly torture a tiny harmless defenceless rodent. I absolutely adore rodents and fish as well the forgotten victims and want to open up a rescue shelter for them. When people ask me what my favourite animal is and I say mice they look at me like I just said I want to go swim in a sewer. This is so wrong the way people think about these beautiful creatures. I mean come on they clean themselves more than we do and yet we call them filthy diseaseridden vermin. Get over yourself humans and maybe you will feel an ounce of compassion towards these sweet animals.

  • WENDY HORN says:

    I love this! I would never consider doing it any other way! I like mice.

  • C. Hammos says:

    I’d rather live with mice in my basement than the idea that I was responsible for the inhumane and unnecessary death of one of natures most intelligent and compassionate creatures.

  • ron says:

    don’t take the lowe road with glue traps . . . mouse friendly traps for mouse friendly people.