Children’s Entertainer Nabs PETA Award for Saving Mouse From Glue Trap

Viral Video Reveals Splash'N Boots Star's Big Heart for Small Animals

For Immediate Release:
December 27, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

St. Johns, N.L. – A Compassionate Action Award is on its way from PETA to Taes Leavitt (Boots of Treehouse TV’s Splash’N Boots), who was on tour with her children’s musical duo last year when she made a horrifying discovery in a St. John’s Airbnb: a mouse stuck in a glue trap.

Leavitt quickly researched how to rescue the mouse, and a viral video shows her massaging him with olive oil until he was able to get free. He ran off after licking himself clean, and Leavitt left him food, water, and a tiny house that she built out of a tissue box.

“Mice, birds, and squirrels can all get stuck in glue traps, where they can tear off fur or feathers as they struggle to get free,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA hopes Taes Leavitt’s compassion for this little mouse inspires people everywhere to choose humane rodent-control options.”

Some animals stuck in glue traps 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. Glue traps also fail to address the source of the problem: More rodents simply move in to take the place of those who’ve been killed.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—encourages homeowners with unwanted rodent guests to seal all holes and cracks in walls and use humane traps to catch the animals safely and take them outside.

Leavitt will receive a framed certificate, a humane mouse and insect trap, and a box of delicious vegan cookies.

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