Meg Myers Is No ‘Monster’ to Rats

Published by PETA.

Anyone who’s heard her recent hit “Monster” (possibly NSFW, depending on where you work) knows that music sensation Meg Myers isn’t afraid to be passionate and outspoken. As she prepares to play her first L.A. concert, Meg speaks out in a new video for PETA about one of her passions—her adorable rat companions—and urges people not to use cruel glue traps:

Extreme Prejudice

Rats are smart, clean animals who can be playful and affectionate companions, as Meg describes. Not everyone welcomes rodents into their homes, though, and irrational bigotry causes many people to resort to cruel and deadly methods when rats are spotted—the worst of which are glue traps.

Glue traps contain a sticky adhesive designed to capture any small animal who wanders across them, ripping patches of skin, fur, and feathers off their bodies as they struggle to escape. Many animals chew off their own legs trying to free themselves, while some get their noses and mouths or beaks stuck in the glue and slowly suffocate. Glue-trap manufacturers generally direct consumers to throw animals away along with the trap, leaving animals to suffer for days until they finally die of starvation or dehydration.

Put Rats On Your ‘Friend’ List

If you’re ready to welcome a rat into your life, like Meg, be sure to adopt from an animal shelter or a rescue organization, instead of buying one from a pet store.

If rats show up uninvited, though, don’t panic—just get (or make) a humane live trap and relocate your surprise guests, being sure to find and patch any openings that allow them access to your home. And if you spot glue traps on a store shelf, please urge the manager to carry live traps instead.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind