Variety Chain Shows a Big Heart for Small Animals
For Immediate Release:
July 25, 2013
David Perle 202-483-7382
Waterford, N.Y. — Waterford-based variety discount chain Yankee One Dollar, which has more than 20 locations in New York and Vermont, has just made a lot of new friends among animal lovers and small animals alike. After learning from PETA about the cruelty of using sticky glue traps to kill mice, the company has agreed to remove and ban the devices from its shelves. For rejecting the cruel pest-control method, Yankee One Dollar will receive a Compassionate Company Award from PETA and a big box of vegan chocolates shaped like mice.
“Yankee One Dollar might be known for its low-priced merchandise, but when it comes to looking out for even the smallest animals, the company is top-shelf in our book,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “The move means that Yankee One Dollar refuses to be a party to the painful and terrifying deaths of mice, birds, and other vulnerable animals.”
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 that 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.
A growing list of major companies has pledged not to sell glue traps, including Safeway, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, and Dollar Tree.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.