Uncle Bob’s Self Storage Wins PETA Award for Banning Glue Traps

Nation’s Fifth-Largest Self-Storage Company Shows a Big Heart for Small Animals

For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Williamsville, N.Y. — Williamsville-based Sovran Self Storage, which operates more than 400 storage facilities across the U.S. as Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, has set a new precedent: After learning from PETA about the cruelty of using sticky glue traps to kill mice, Uncle Bob’s—the fifth-largest self-storage company in the country—has become the first self-storage company to remove and ban the devices from all its facilities. For rejecting the cruel pest-control method, Uncle Bob’s will receive a Compassionate Company Award from PETA and a big box of vegan chocolates shaped like mice.

“Uncle Bob’s more than 29 million square feet of storage space are now glue trap–free zones,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “By signing PETA’s pledge, Uncle Bob’s has spared countless mice, birds, and other small and vulnerable animals a terrifying and painful end.”

Glue traps are pieces of plastic or cardboard coated with a strong adhesive. After getting caught in the traps, panicked animals struggle to escape—often breaking their bones and ripping the flesh, fur, or feathers off their bodies in the process. Some animals chew off their own limbs in an attempt 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 are also ineffective and fail to address the source of the problem—more mice simply move in to take the place of the animals who have been killed.

Uncle Bob’s Self Storage joins a growing list of major companies that have pledged not to use glue traps after hearing from PETA, including a majority of the nation’s top banks and other financial institutions.

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