JONS International Marketplace Wins ‘Compassionate Business Award’ From PETA

Grocer Demonstrates a 'Big Heart for Even the Smallest Animals'

For Immediate Release:
September 22, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Thirteen is a lucky number for mice. Los Angeles–area grocer JONS International Marketplace has just confirmed that it’ll stop selling cruel glue traps at all 13 of its locations and permanently ban them from its stores. JONS made the decision after talking with PETA—whose motto states, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.” The company will receive a framed Compassionate Business Award and a thank-you gift of vegan chocolates from PETA.

During discussions with JONS, PETA pointed out that glue traps—which are pieces of plastic or cardboard coated with a strong adhesive—don’t discriminate. They ensnare not only mice but also birds, squirrels, lizards, chipmunks, and even dogs and cats. After getting caught in the traps, the panicked animals struggle to escape—often breaking their bones and ripping 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, and they eventually 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 those who’ve been killed.

“Glue traps are among the cruelest methods of wildlife control,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “By refusing to use or sell them, JONS is sparing countless mice and other animals a painful, terrifying death. The company clearly has a big heart for even the smallest animals.”

JONS International Marketplace joins many other major retailers—including Albertsons, C&K Market, Gelson’s Markets, Nugget Market, Safeway Inc., Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Walgreens—in banning glue traps.

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