BMO Financial Receives PETA Award for Banning Glue Traps

One of Canada’s Largest Banks Shows a Big Heart for Small Animals

For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Toronto — Toronto-based BMO Financial is getting an award for a practice that has nothing to do with dollars and cents. That’s because after learning from PETA about the cruelty of using sticky glue traps to kill mice, BMO banned the devices from its approximately 900 locations nationwide. For rejecting the cruel pest-control method, BMO Financial will receive a Compassionate Company Award from PETA and a big box of vegan chocolates shaped like mice.

“It’s wonderful to see one of the largest banks in the country take the suffering of the smallest and most vulnerable animals into consideration,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “Thanks to BMO’s decision to ban glue traps, mice, birds, and other small animals will be spared a terrifying and painful end.”

Glue traps are pieces of plastic or cardboard coated with a strong adhesive. After getting caught in the traps, panicked animals struggle to escape—often breaking their bones and ripping the flesh, fur, or feathers off their bodies in the process. Some animals chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves, and others get their noses, mouths, or beaks stuck in the glue. The more the animals struggle, the more they stick to the traps, only to die from exhaustion, injury, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps are also ineffective because they fail to address the source of the problem—more mice simply move in to take the place of the animals who have been killed.

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