Do You Have a Glue Trap Horror Story? We Want to Hear It

If you want to remove mice, rats, or other small animals from your home, never reach for deadly glue traps. These cruel devices, which are small boards coated with strong adhesive, can catch any small animal—including songbirds, hamsters, or even kittens—who walk across or land on the surface.

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Animals caught in glue traps desperately struggle to escape, which causes them to become even more helplessly stuck. The glue often rips off their fur, feathers, or skin. Some animals even chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves. It can take days for trapped animals to die from exhaustion, injury, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss—an undeniably cruel fate for anyone to endure. Those who survive may be crushed to death in the garbage, which is where manufacturers of glue traps direct consumers to “dispose” of them.

Tell Retailers to Stop Selling Glue Traps

By Buying a Glue Trap, You’re Welcoming Cruelty Into Your Home

Seeing injured animals crying out for help after becoming stuck in a glue trap can be extremely upsetting, especially for young children. PETA fields calls on a regular basis from distraught people who discover birds, lizards, snakes, bats, chipmunks, squirrels, or even their own animal companions hopelessly stuck to these sticky boards.

All animals are feeling individuals—not objects to be disposed of. By buying glue traps, you’re welcoming speciesism—the idea that some animals deserve compassion and respect, while others don’t—into your home. Despite the obvious suffering that glue traps cause countless animals, some retailers, such as The Home Depot and Lowe’s, continue to sell them. But you can do something about this by speaking up.

Do You Have a Glue Trap Horror Story?

Are you a parent whose child has been harmed by a glue trap? Has your animal companion gotten stuck on one? If you regret purchasing a glue trap for any reason, tell us your story.

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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