Norfolk Airport Bans Glue Traps After PETA Appeal

ORF Nabs Mouse-Shaped Vegan Chocolates for Showing a Big Heart to Small Animals

For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – A box of delicious, mouse-shaped vegan chocolates is on its way from PETA to Norfolk International Airport, which agreed to stop using glue traps and never use them again after learning from PETA that animals caught in the traps’ adhesive may struggle for days, tearing flesh, breaking bones, and becoming increasingly entangled.

“By banning glue traps, Norfolk International Airport is putting cruelty to mice, birds, and other animals on the no-fly list,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA’s hometown airport is setting an example of compassion for animals of all shapes and sizes.”

Glue traps are pieces of plastic or cardboard coated with a strong adhesive. After becoming caught in the traps, panicked animals struggle to escape—often breaking their bones and tearing 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 also fail to address the source of the problem: More mice simply move in to take the place of those who’ve been killed.

Norfolk International Airport joins a growing list of more than 35 airports across the country—as well as dozens of schools, universities, retailers, banks, self-storage companies, and more—that have banned glue traps following talks with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”).

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