Push to End Glue Trap Sales Heads to Lowe’s Boardroom

PETA Urges Company to Ban the Sale of Vile and Dangerous Devices

For Immediate Release:
May 30, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Charlotte, N.C. – When will Lowe’s live up to its professed mission to “make the world better” by ending its sale of glue traps? That’s the question that a PETA representative will ask at the company’s annual meeting on Friday.

When:    Friday, May 31, 10 a.m.

Where:    The Ballantyne hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., Charlotte

“Glue traps often leave frantic animals struggling in vain for days before they die,” says PETA Senior Director of Corporate Affairs Anne Brainard. “PETA is calling on Lowe’s to remove these indefensible devices from its shelves.”

Some trapped animals attempt to chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves. It can take days for them to die from exhaustion, injury, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps also fail to address the source of the problem: If entryways aren’t plugged up and attractants removed, more animals will simply move in to take the place of those who’ve been killed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against using glue traps, because animals who are caught on them continue to produce urine and feces, creating a health risk for humans.

Dozens of retailers (including CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens) have made the compassionate decision not to sell glue traps, and hundreds of companies and institutions (including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Goldman Sachs, Public Storage, U-Haul, the New York City Police Department, and 100 airports) have banned their use.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. The group offers humane solutions to every problem with “pests,” from rats to raccoons, on its website. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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