L.A. Airports Ban All Glue Traps, Sparing Mice Painful Deaths, After PETA Appeal

For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2022

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Following confirmation that LAX and Van Nuys Airport have banned the use of vile glue traps, PETA is toasting Los Angeles World Airports, the airport authority that owns them—and has sent executives there a box of mouse-shaped vegan chocolates to celebrate. The ban comes after PETA informed the airport authority that glue traps cause animals to frantically rip out their own fur or feathers, break their bones while struggling to escape, and slowly and painfully die of suffocation or starvation.

“By protecting small animals from glue traps, Los Angeles airports are showing that cruelty doesn’t fly,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to take action by speaking out whenever they spot glue traps in use.”

Rodents, including hamsters and guinea pigs—and even birds who get stuck in the adhesive covering glue traps—struggle desperately to escape, 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 the source of the problem: As long as food remains available, more animals will move in to take the place of those who have been killed.

LAX and Van Nuys join a growing list of more than 110 airports nationwide—as well as hundreds of companies and institutions, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Google—that have banned glue traps following talks with PETA. Countries such as Iceland, New Zealand, and Wales have prohibited the use and sale of glue traps.

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.

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