Push to End Glue Trap Sales Heads to The Home Depot’s Boardroom

PETA Urges Company to Stop Selling Vile and Dangerous Devices

For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Atlanta – When will The Home Depot live up to its professed mission to “do things better every day” by ending its sale of vile glue traps? That’s the question that a PETA supporter will ask at the company’s annual meeting on Thursday.

When:    Thursday, May 23, 9 a.m.

Where:    Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy. S.E., Atlanta

“Glue traps often leave frantic animals struggling for days before they die,” says PETA Senior Director of Corporate Affairs Anne Brainard. “PETA is calling on The Home Depot to remove these vile devices from its shelves.”

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. Some chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves. It can take days for trapped animals to die slowly from exhaustion, injury, shock, suffocation, or blood loss. Glue traps also fail to address the source of the problem: If entryways aren’t plugged up and attractants removed, more mice will simply move in to take the place of those who’ve been killed.

In 2017, one of The Home Depot’s store managers discovered a live mouse convulsing on a glue trap. The incident prompted the company to ban the use of glue traps in its stores, yet it has refused to join the dozens of retailers—including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and many more—that have stopped selling them.

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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