PETA Presses Home Depot Over Cruelty of Glue Traps at Annual Meeting

Group Will Push Retailer to Ban the Sale of Inhumane and Dangerous Devices

For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Atlanta – “Since The Home Depot won’t use glue traps in its stores and has agreed to not promote the sale of them because they cause egregious suffering to animals, when will it stop selling them altogether?” That’s the question that a representative of PETA—which owns stock in Home Depot—will ask during the company’s annual meeting on Thursday.

When:    Thursday, May 17, 9 a.m.

Where:    Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta

“Kittens, mice, and sparrows can all end up tearing flesh and breaking bones as they struggle to get free from a glue trap,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “These devices are so cruel that Home Depot won’t use them in its stores, and PETA is calling for the company to stop selling them, too.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against the use of glue traps, because animals who are caught in them lose control of their bodily functions, creating a danger of disease transmission. It can take days for trapped animals to die from exhaustion, injury, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss.

Last year, a local Home Depot store manager discovered a live mouse convulsing on a glue trap. The incident prompted the company to ban the use of these traps in its stores, yet it has refused to join the dozens of retailers—including CVS, Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, and many more—that have banned the devices’ sale.

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