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Top Five Reasons to Be Nice to Mice

The following post is a guest post by PETA Files writer, Amy Elizabeth.

Is it just me, or does killing uninvited houseguests seem a little unfriendly? After all, you wouldn’t use a cruel trap on your annoying neighbor if she showed up for an unexpected visit, so why use them on mice? Here are the top five reasons to be nice to mice:

1. Glue is for crafts, not creatures. Gruesome glue traps cause animals to slowly dehydrate or suffocate to death. Many mice become so desperate that they chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves.

2. Poison isn’t pleasant. Poisoning causes a painful death to mice and any cats, dogs, or other animals who either ingest the poison by mistake or eat the bodies of rodents who have been poisoned.

3. Snap traps can prolong suffering. All mammals, regardless of species, have the same capacity to experience pain and terror. And snap traps, which are not always released on target, can cause plenty of both.

4. Violence is in vain. When mice are killed, more will move into the newly vacant niche. Effective, humane methods of rodent control do not target the animals themselves, but rather, they target what attracts animals to certain areas. Mouse-proofing your house is as easy as denying mice access to food and a place to nest.

5. Mice are nice. Friendly and highly intelligent, mice are just as smart as dogs and can even recognize their names and respond when called. Much like us, mice are highly social creatures. They become attached to each other, and they love their families. Mice enjoy playing, wrestling, and sleeping curled up together. Mice and rats are often forced into human environments when their natural habitats are lost to development. We owe it to these gentle, interesting animals to do all that we can to peacefully coexist with them. So the next time these little rodents raid your ramen noodles, be kind—live-trap and release them outside.

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  • animal lover says:

    Hey, check out PETA’s awesome response to Ortho’s inhumane MAX KILL traps

  • mak says:

    I am not normally a fan of mice but this entry has converted me. While i don’t like mouse droppings, i hate even more seeing them suffer, which is ironic because i draw heavily on military themes for my artwork, even when it is cute.

    I once had a glue trap out and a poor mouse got stuck in it. Broke its legs trying to get free and was scared out of its mind. I had to put it out of its misery and swore never again to get a glue trap. Besides most of the time they just catch flies.

  • Clair says:

    I agree with all of these posts. I came on the PETA website to see if anything was mentioned about the recent TV advert for a mouse trap that “is guaranteed to kill the mouse”. Its a stupid couple beeming about the great invention from a company called ORTHO. It makes me sick everytime it comes on. I’m not naive to imagine there are no deadly traps on sale but they shouldn’d be allowed airtime to advertize!!

  • SR says:

    I agree with all of this. However, you should be aware that mice carry diseases that are quite dangerous for humans. Therefore, I would not encourage the feeding of wild ones since it propagates population growth and increases the chance of contagion. Catch and release as well as mice-proofing your home is the best thing to do. And glue traps do not count, they are truly horrific.

  • Will says:


    We are doing some home renovation, and we have mouse problem outside.

    My Mom bought poison cubes for them to eat, but I hid them and explained to her all that was mentioned in this post.

    She wouldn’t listen, so I told her good luck finding the poison! 😀

  • Nicky says:

    YES… i agree.. I also have mice in my house, but I love them so much, that i really dont care if they are there, meaning they dont bother me at all and I actually enjoy seeing them pass by. They are the cutest little creatures, and we can coexist with them.. Yes we can, they are not hurting us at all.

  • Beatrice Bojorquez says:

    I was always afraid of mice. So i decided to adopt one. I went to a reptilr show and saved the life of one that was going to be food for a snake. He has lived with us since Jan 2009. He is great. He has taught me that mice a nice and I should not be afraid of them.

  • Susana Lopez says:

    I agree 100% that we should be nice to Mice. They are a living animal that should be respected just like any other living animal and not be killed because they are in this planet for a reason and they feel pain just like any other animal/human would.

  • Samantha W. says:

    I 100% agree. I own pet rats, myself. I have 4 pet rats. They are my pride n’ joy. I absolutely adore them with all my heart. I have pictures of them on youtube. (: My cousin and my friend has mice, too. They are adorable as well. They all have feelings. They feel pain, and they have emotions. Just like people, they don’t want to die. Me and my cousin were at her house and her step-dad put glue traps out for the rodents and we put wax paper over them so they wouldn’t work. He thought they didn’t work either, so he threw them away. We told him to use humane ones, and he did! I felt so proud to save the little ratties and miceys. (: I love them.

  • Sara says:

    I’ve had this exact mouse trap for a couple of years now, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I’ll use PB, crackers, bread, etc…to lure in the mice. Then I take them down the street to the park and let them go – and a bonus, the little mice get a meal before fending in the ‘wild.’

  • Katie says:

    I so agree with this! We don’t get mice or rats in our house, but when my mother was younger, she used peanut butter to trap them then released them outside!

  • wendy whalley says:

    I totally agree. We currently have mice in our house and although others show totally no mercy to the lives of these little creatures, I find it totally out of order. One of the reasons I became a vegitarian was because I feel
    “everything has a right to live” Like it or not, we humans have ruined lots of animals habitats and only chose to befriend certain members of the animal kingdom, the rest are outcasts. Ok I was wrong to start feeding them, and probably got more than usual, but you should have seen their little faces holding up the heart shaped dog buiscuts I had left for them, it was a picture. The live traps had to come out in the end much to my dismay, but they were put back in the farmers feild where they belonged, along with some food to get them started.

  • Julianne Stave says:

    I love Animals.
    That meens mice too! <33