The following article was written by Ashley
Many people are unaware of the cruelty involved
in using glue traps. In fact, glue traps are one of the cruelest methods of
killing animals used today.
Mice and rats, who
are the main targets of these traps, are clever and social and are every bit as
capable of experiencing pain as the dogs and cats many people share their homes
Now, I like to give people the benefit of the
doubt—that they just don't know how
smart mice are and how much they suffer in glue traps. If they really did know,
I'd like to think that they'd have a change of heart. Just take a look at the following
list to learn more:
1. Glue traps cause slow, agonizing deaths.Glue-trap manufacturers
generally direct consumers to throw away animals along with the trap, leaving
the animals to suffer for days until they finally die of stress, exposure, or
dehydration—all cruel deaths. Some animals get their noses and mouths or beaks
stuck in the glue and suffocate, which can take hours.2. Many animals free themselves but lose, skin, fur, and even
limbs in the process.
Glue traps rip patches of skin, fur, and feathers off the animals' bodies as
they struggle desperately to escape, and many animals even chew off their own
legs trying to free themselves. 3. Glue traps are indiscriminate.
They're not harmful just to mice—they also capture birds, squirrels, chipmunks,
snakes, gerbils, kittens, and other small animals. PETA fields calls on a
regular basis from distraught individuals who have discovered small "nontarget"
animals hopelessly trapped on these sticky boards.4. Glue traps are dangerous to human health.
traps are filthy—in fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and Health Canada caution against their use! Animals who are trapped on these devices void
their bowels, potentially exposing anyone who handles the traps to hantavirus.
In one case, a hospital that used glue traps did not check them, and the dead
mice who were stuck on the traps became hosts for a fly population that caused
illness among the hospital's patients.
5. Traps are not a long-term solution to rodent population
When animals are removed from their habitat, others will move in to occupy the
newly vacant niche. The temporary spike in the food supply will cause remaining
animals to breed at an accelerated rate. The only long-term way to control
rodent populations is to modify the habitat so that the area becomes
unattractive or inaccessible to the animals.
If you find an animal suffering on a glue trap,
try to release the animal by pouring a small amount of any kind of cooking or
baby oil onto the parts of the animal that are stuck and then slowly, gently
work the animal free. Be careful not to get any oil in the animal's mouth or
nose, as this could cause suffocation. If you cannot remove the animal from the
trap, rush the animal to a local veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator for assistance or call
PETA for guidance.
Wherever you see glue traps sold, be sure to send a
polite letter to the store manager asking him or her to stop selling the traps. And
if you have friends or family members who uses glue traps, please share this
information with them—they just might have a change of heart.
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