Biology Major and peta2 Campus Representative Giavonna Rossi Kicks Off Huge Change for Small Animals
For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2018
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Halifax, Nova Scotia – A Hero to Animals Award is on its way from peta2—PETA’s youth division—to Dalhousie University student and peta2 campus representative Giavonna Rossi for successfully lobbying her school to phase out glue traps and adopt humane rodent-control measures instead. Her efforts prompted PETA to send a letter urging the Nova Scotia Department of Environment to strike an endorsement of glue traps from its website—and the department has responded by agreeing to remove the recommendation.
“Giavonna Rossi’s determination and huge heart for animals means that countless mice, birds, and squirrels won’t endure terrifying, prolonged deaths in glue traps,” says peta2 Director of International Youth Outreach Ryan Huling. “peta2 is honoring her for starting a wave of momentum that we hope will inspire people campus- and countrywide 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, and 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 release them outdoors.
For more information, please visit peta2.com.