Major Apartment Management Company Nabs Kudos for Glue Trap Ban

Memphis-Area Business Shows Its Big Heart for Small Animals

For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2014

David Perle 202-483-7382

MemphisMid-America Apartment Communities (MAAC) may be the seventh-largest apartment management company in the nation, but it’s really looking out for the “little guy.” After hearing from PETA about the suffering endured by small animals caught in glue traps, the company has agreed to adopt a formal policy banning the devices from all its properties—that’s more than 49,000 apartment units in 160 suburban communities.

To thank MAAC for its kind decision, PETA has sent the company a box of mice-shaped vegan chocolates and a letter of thanks.

“Animals caught in glue traps frantically struggle to free themselves as their limbs and faces become stuck in the glue,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “By removing and banning glue traps, Mid-America Apartment Communities will spare countless mice, birds, and other small animals a terrifying and painful death.”

Glue traps are pieces of plastic or cardboard coated with a strong adhesive. After getting caught in the traps, panicked animals struggle to escape—often breaking their bones and ripping the 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, only to die from exhaustion, injury, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps are also ineffective and fail to address the source of the problem—more mice simply move in to take the place of those who have been killed.

MAAC joins a growing list of dozens of companies—including self-storage companies, banks, and many more—that have banned glue traps.

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