For Immediate Release:
March 30, 2021
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
San Francisco – After PETA shared with Gap Inc. how small animals caught on glue traps suffer for days—tearing their flesh, breaking bones, and even trying to chew off limbs in an attempt to escape—the company not only removed but also banned the traps across its 2,500+ stores, which include chains Old Navy and Banana Republic. In thanks, PETA is sending Gap Inc. a box of mouse-shaped vegan chocolates.
“By banning vile glue traps, Gap proves that it has a big heart for small animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges shoppers to speak up if they see a glue trap in any facility and to urge that place to follow Gap’s merciful example.”
It can take days for animals caught on glue traps to die from exhaustion, injury, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against using glue traps, because animals caught on them continue to produce urine and feces, creating a health risk for humans. Glue traps also fail to address the source of the problem: If holes aren’t plugged up and attractants aren’t removed, more animals will simply move in to take the place of those who’ve been killed.
Dozens of retailers refuse to sell glue traps, and hundreds of companies and institutions—including The Home Depot, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Public Storage, U-Haul, and more than 100 airports—have banned their use.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and offers tips for humane rodent control on its website. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.