Anchorage International Airport Spares Mice Painful Deaths, Bans Glue Traps

For Immediate Release:
May 4, 2022

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Anchorage, Alaska – Following confirmation that Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport has banned the use of vile glue traps, PETA is toasting the airport—and has sent executives there a box of mouse-shaped vegan chocolates to celebrate. The ban comes after PETA informed the airport that glue traps cause animals to frantically rip out their own fur or feathers, break their bones while struggling to escape, and slowly and painfully die of suffocation or starvation.

“By protecting small animals from glue traps, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is showing that cruelty doesn’t fly,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to take action by speaking out whenever they spot glue traps being used or sold.”

Rodents, including hamsters and guinea pigs—and even birds who get stuck in the adhesive covering glue traps—struggle desperately to escape, chewing off their own limbs before succumbing to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps fail as a long-term solution because they neglect the source of the problem: As long as food remains available, more animals will move in to take the place of those who have been killed.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport joins a growing list of more than 110 airports nationwide—as well as hundreds of companies and institutions, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Google—that have banned glue traps after hearing from PETA. Countries such as England, Iceland, New Zealand, and Wales have banned glue traps.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview that fosters violence against other animals. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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