Victory! Publishers Clearing House Bans Glue Traps After PETA Appeal

Company Nabs Mouse-Shaped Vegan Chocolates in Thanks for Compassionate Move

For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Jericho, N.Y. – Just hours after PETA shared how mice, birds, and other animals suffer immensely when caught in glue traps, Publishers Clearing House pledged to stop selling the vile devices and has removed them from its online catalog.

“Publishers Clearing House did the right thing in banning glue traps, which cause small, vulnerable animals to panic as they desperately try to free themselves from the body-gripping glue,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA urges shoppers to speak up whenever they spot glue traps online or on a store shelf and encourages retailers to follow Publishers Clearing House’s compassionate example.”

Trapped animals often try to chew off their limbs in an attempt to free themselves. It can take days for them to die from exhaustion, dehydration, or blood loss. Glue traps also fail to address the source of the problem: If entryways aren’t plugged up and food isn’t removed, more animals will simply move in to take the place of those who’ve been killed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against using these devices, because animals who are caught on them continue to produce urine and feces, creating a health risk for humans.

Dozens of retailers (including CVS, Dollar General, Rite Aid, and Walgreens) have made the compassionate decision not to sell glue traps, and hundreds of companies and institutions (including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Public Storage, U-Haul, and 100 airports) have banned their use. PETA is now calling on Albertsons to follow suit.

In thanks for the compassionate decision, PETA has sent Publishers Clearing House a box of delicious mouse-shaped vegan chocolates.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is the human-supremacist view that other species are nothing more than commodities. The group offers humane solutions to every problem with “pests,” from rats to raccoons, on its website. For more information, please visit

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