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Largest Bank in U.S. Not Too Big to Have a Heart for Mice
For Immediate Release:October 6, 2011
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Charlotte, N.C. -- Charlotte-based Bank of America
took a lot of knocks recently for instituting a $5 monthly fee on debit cards
and for other services that were greeted with mixed reactions by its customers.
But the financial giant is getting recognition from PETA and its more than 2
million members and supporters for a practice that has nothing to do with
dollars and cents. That's because after learning from PETA about the cruelty of
using glue traps to kill mice, Bank of America has banned the devices from
every one of its 6,000 locations. For taking a stand against cruelty, Bank of
America will receive a Compassion Award from PETA. The group is also
sending a box of vegan chocolate mice to the bank's Charlotte headquarters.
"It is wonderful to see the largest bank in the country
take into consideration the suffering of the smallest and most vulnerable
animals," says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "Thanks to
Bank of America's decision to stop using these exceedingly cruel devices, many
mice, birds, and other small animals will be spared a terrifying, prolonged,
and painful death."
Glue traps are pieces of plastic or cardboard coated with a
strong adhesive. After getting caught in the traps, panicked animals struggle
to escape—often breaking their bones and ripping the flesh, fur, and feathers
off their bodies in the process. Some animals chew off their own limbs in an
attempt to free themselves, and others get their noses, mouths, or beaks stuck
in the glue. The more the animals struggle, the more they stick to the traps,
only to die from exhaustion, injury, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood
loss. Glue traps are also ineffective and fail to address the source of the
problem—more mice simply move in to take the place of the animals who have been
Bank of America joins a growing number of businesses, institutions,
and municipalities—including JPMorgan Chase & Co., the New York City Police
Department, and the city of Eugene, Ore.—that have agreed not to use glue
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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