Sheridan Nurseries Stops Selling Rodent Glue Traps After PETA Appeal

Garden Supply Company Nabs Mouse-Shaped Vegan Chocolates for Showing a Big Heart to Small Animals

For Immediate Release:
August 24, 2017

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Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Toronto – After learning from PETA that small animals may struggle for days when caught in glue traps’ adhesive—tearing flesh, breaking bones, and becoming increasingly entangled—Sheridan Nurseries agreed to stop selling all glue traps for rodent control.

In thanks, PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has sent the garden supply company a box of delicious vegan mouse-shaped chocolates.

“Rodent glue traps can torment small, sensitive animals—from mice to birds to squirrels,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Sheridan Nurseries was quick to agree with PETA that these vile devices don’t belong on its shelves.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against using glue traps, because animals who are caught in them lose control of their bodily functions as they struggle to escape. Some chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves. It can take days for trapped animals to die from exhaustion, injury, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps also fail to address the source of the problem: More rodents simply move in to take the place of those who’ve been killed.

Dozens of retailers—including CVS, Dollar Tree, Rite Aid, and Walgreens—have banned the sale of glue traps, and more than 200 other well-known entities have banned their use, including the New York City Police Department; six of the top 10 self-storage companies, including Public Storage and U-Haul; dozens of top banks and financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Goldman Sachs; and more than 70 airports.

PETA has humane solutions to every “pest” problem, from rats to raccoons. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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