Victory! Target Stops Selling Glue Traps After PETA Push

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2022

Robin Goist 202-483-7382

Minneapolis – Mouse-shaped vegan chocolates are on the way from PETA to Target in thanks for ending sales of abhorrent and dangerous glue traps. The move follows a push from PETA informing the company that the trays coated with a sticky adhesive inflict prolonged suffering on animals.

“By keeping vile glue traps off store shelves, Target is proving that it has a big heart for small animals,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA encourages everyone to choose kindness by refusing to use glue traps and to remove them when they spot them being used.”

Wildlife—including birds, snakes, mice, rats, and squirrels—who get stuck in the glue struggle desperately to escape, sometimes chewing off their own limbs before succumbing to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps fail as a long-term solution because they neglect to address the source of the problem: As long as food remains accessible, more animals will move in to take the place of those who have been killed.

Target joins hundreds of companies and entities—including Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Dollar General, and Dollar Tree—that have banned glue traps after hearing from PETA, which is urging The Home Depot to stop selling the painful devices as well.

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

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