Phoenix Airports Ban Glue Traps After PETA Appeal

Aviation Department Removes Cruel Devices From Sky Harbor Int'l, Deer Valley, and Goodyear Airports

For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Phoenix – A box of delicious, mouse-shaped vegan chocolates is on its way from PETA to the City of Phoenix Aviation Department, which has banned glue traps from the city’s three airports after learning from PETA that animals caught in the adhesive may struggle for days, tearing flesh, breaking bones, and becoming increasingly entangled.

“By banning glue traps, Phoenix’s airports are putting cruelty to mice, birds, and other small animals on the no-fly list,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges everyone to speak up whenever they spot glue traps in use or for sale—and encourages all other airports to follow Phoenix’s compassionate example.”

Glue traps are pieces of plastic or cardboard that are coated with a strong adhesive. After becoming trapped, panicked animals struggle to escape—often breaking their bones and tearing off their flesh, fur, or feathers in the process. Some animals chew off their own limbs to try 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.

Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International, Deer Valley, and Goodyear airports join a growing list of over 100 airports across the country—as well as dozens of schools, retailers, banks, self-storage companies, and more—that have banned glue traps following talks with PETA.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview—has humane solutions to address every insect and rodent issue, from rats to raccoons. For more information, please visit

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