PETA has received urgent complaints that Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club in Kilmarnock, Virginia, has set glue traps in an attempt to mitigate rodent populations. According to staff, mice are being allowed to “linger and struggle [on the traps] until they die” and their bodies are collected by a “pest”-control contractor weekly.
Victims of these sadistic contraptions suffer immensely, succumbing to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss after ripping themselves apart in their frantic struggle to escape the gooey mess. Exhausted and terrified, they can take days to die—in fact, labels instruct users just to toss trapped animals into the garbage! Furthermore, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada both caution against their use, because of the human health risks posed. Glue traps are also indiscriminate, ensnaring countless “nontarget” species every year. Shockingly, despite sharing this information with the yacht club, we encountered only smug clowning from Brian Darlak, the general manager, who insisted that PETA “give us a grant” in order to change their ways. Now it’s your turn!