Last year, PETA filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Motomco, the glue trap manufacturer that supplies Lowe’s with its sticky death traps. Our complaint stated that Motomco was selling misleadingly labeled glue traps designed to make people believe that these traps were somehow acceptable. The label stated that the glue trap contained a naturally occurring anesthetic called eugenol, implying that animals caught in the trap did not suffer or feel pain. In reality, they do suffer and feel extreme pain.
We recently received a letter from the FTC letting us know that our complaint has officially been closed—because Motomco has removed the misleading claim about eugenol from its packaging and promotion materials!
Since Motomco’s glue traps are the only brand that Lowe’s sells—and Lowe’s claims that it only sells glue traps that are “humane” because of eugenol—we hope that the change in Motomco’s packaging will be the final push that Lowe’s needs to pull glue traps from its shelves. Because it can no longer hide behind Motomco’s misrepresentations, we’ve written to the home improvement company asking it to immediately rid its stores of the cruelest mouse traps on the market today.
Humane alternatives do exist and it’s time for Lowe’s to join other retailers, including Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Safeway, Dollar Tree, and Albertsons, in banning the sale of glue traps. Click here to find out how you can help.
Written by Karin Bennett