1-2-3 … Mice Go Free!

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That’s the number of glue traps—123—that have now been removed from the shelves of Gelson’s Supermarkets in Southern California thanks to PETA member Renee Papadapolous.

Renee’s letter to Gelson’s—in which she described how mice and other animals suffer hemorrhaging, shock, and other horrors when stuck in “pans of pain”—earned a speedy reply from the chain. She admits, “I was actually surprised at the quick, positive, and friendly response ….”

Friendly indeed! Gelson’s immediately assured Renee that it would stop selling glue traps as soon as its current stock ran out. Thankful that Gelson’s was taking such swift action, Renee still thought that something more could be done, so she offered to buy the chain’s remaining stock of 123 glue traps. The entire stock was shipped to her, and she destroyed them.

Renee’s refusal to rest until rodents were spared has earned her our “Compassionate Action Award”—it’s also a reminder that one person really can make a difference for animals by taking action. Now are you ready? One … two … three … go!

Written by Karin Bennett

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