PETA (Hearts) Australia?

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G’day, mates! I’m stoked to tell you that the blokes in Victoria, Australia, have given the flick to cruel mousetraps. It’s a rip snorter of a decision, and our hats are off to ya. Onya, Aussies!

Translation: Hello! Great news: The government in Victoria, Australia, just passed its new and improved Prevention of Cruelty to Animals regulations and (drum roll, please) glue traps are now highly regulated and can only be used by commercial pest-control operators and only after they get approval from Victoria’s agriculture minister. This is a landmark victory for animals and will significantly cut down on the number of glue traps used in Victoria. Yay!

It seems the whole world is realizing that glue traps are cruel and unnecessary (it’s about time!). Animals who become trapped in the sticky adhesive substance suffer for days before succumbing to starvation, dehydration, suffocation, and shock. The torturous conditions drive animals to rip off patches of skin and fur while struggling to escape, and many even attempt to chew off their own limbs. Safeway, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, the Dollar Tree, and now the whole state of Victoria have banned the cruel traps. So come on, Lowe’s! Won’t you please stop selling them already?

You know what’s even more amazing about Victoria’s new regulations? The passing of the updated resolutions not only strictly regulates glue traps but also does the following:

  • Bans the use of twisted bits on horses
  • Bans the transportation of dogs and livestock in the boot of a car
  • Restricts the use of some electric-shock devices on animals

You can check out the full version of the regulations here.

Anyone up for a victory barbie?

Written by Liz Graffeo

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