Victory! Mice Get a Break as MASS MoCA Bans Glue Traps Following a Push From PETA

For Immediate Release:
October 5, 2022

Robin Goist 202-483-7382

North Adams, Mass. – Mouse-shaped vegan chocolates are on the way from PETA to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in thanks for removing and banning sticky glue traps—notorious for inflicting cruel, slow deaths—from its premises following communications with PETA.

Wildlife—including birds, snakes, mice, rats, and squirrels—who get stuck on glue traps panic and struggle desperately to escape before finally succumbing to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps also fail to deter unwanted small visitors because they neglect to address the source of the problem: As long as food remains accessible and humans fail to clean up after themselves, more animals will move in to take the place of those who have been killed.

“Visitors to MASS MoCA can now enjoy art with a heart, knowing that no animals in the gallery are tearing their skin off trying to escape from these vile devices,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges people to reject glue traps and speak out against their use.”

MASS MoCA joins The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the National Gallery of Art, and hundreds of companies and airports that have banned glue traps after hearing from PETA, which is now urging The Home Depot and Ace Hardware to stop selling the painful traps as well.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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