For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2022
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Chesapeake, Va. – Mouse-shaped vegan chocolates are on the way from PETA to Dollar Tree Inc.—the parent company of Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Canada—in thanks for just confirming a ban on selling abhorrent and dangerous glue traps at all its stores. The move follows a push from PETA, including nearly 100,000 e-mails from its supporters, about how the trays coated with a sticky adhesive inflict prolonged suffering on animals.
“By banning vile glue traps, Dollar Tree Inc. is proving it has a big heart for small animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to choose kindness by refusing to use glue traps and to remove them when they spot them being used.”
Wildlife—including birds, snakes, mice, rats, and squirrels—who get stuck in the adhesive covering glue traps struggle desperately to escape, sometimes 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 to address the source of the problem: As long as food remains accessible, more animals will move in to take the place of those who have been killed.
Dollar Tree Inc. joins hundreds of companies and entities—including Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Dollar General, and Walmart Canada—that have stopped selling glue traps after hearing from PETA, which is now urging The Home Depot to ban the painful devices as well.
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.