PETA has been in the sticky business of fighting against glue traps for months. While there’s been a few victories, like CVS, Rite Aid, Albertsons and Safeway banning those confounded contraptions, they’re still trying to convince Lowe’s to pull glue traps from their shelves.
Glue traps are unquestionably one of the cruelest forms of animal control. Small animals wander onto the trap and get stuck. As if that’s not bad enough, it then takes days for them to die a slow agonizing death from starvation or dehydration. Meanwhile, the glue rips off pieces of fur and skin as they struggle to free themselves. Many also try to chew their legs off to get free. They’re also prone to getting their faces stuck in the glue causing them to slowly suffocate.
Glue traps don’t discriminate either. They can catch mice, rats, squirrels, birds, snakes and even household pets. They also do nothing to actually control small animal populations, making all that torture for nothing.
Lowe’s has apparently issued a statement in response to the uproar about how the glue traps they sell are humane because they use Eugenol, an anesthetic. Nice try Lowe’s, but Eugenol doesn’t work as a topical agent, it needs to be injected into the bloodstream or ingested to be effective. Way to try to trick your customers, that’s really Low(e’s).
For those who don’t want to share their homes with our rodent friends, there are humane alternatives to the problem. For starters, make your environment unappealing to mice, and seal up all your nooks and cranny’s to avoid the problem in the first place.
A study published in The American Naturalist found that mice are actually pretty picky when it comes to the housing market. They’ll typically visit three potential places before finally choosing a home, and they don’t usually pick the last one they visited.
That means all people need to do is convince mice that their place is not the best choice.
If you don’t want to throw down the money, or you’re more of a DIYer, a small plastic trash can with some food in it that has something the mice can use to climb up on the outside will work just fine. Mice can get in, but they can’t get out. If this method is used, the traps must be checked often! Having a mouse die in a humane trap would kind of defeat the purpose.
Once trapped by any humane method, animals can be easily relocated with no sticky or poisonous mess involved.
Sign Care2’s petition to ban glue traps here.
And tell Lowe’s what you think here.