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Humane Animal Traps

Humane Animal Traps

Once upon a time, the idea of live-catch traps would have been considered a joke. Until fairly recently, nobody thought twice about killing rodents or other “animal intruders,” nor did many people particularly care that these trapping devices often cause extreme suffering.

But even vegans need a way to keep their homes free from “those who ought to remain outside”. Thanks to the humane alternatives offered by companies such as Havahart® and others, it is possible to gently capture our bright-eyed little friends and safely escort them to somewhere far, far away.

As cute as they are (and they really are cute), no one really wants mice or rats snooping around the kitchen at night, or the garage for that matter. And even if your curious critters are a little more substantial, have no fear! Humane traps are available in sizes appropriate for every animal from mice and rats to armadillos and groundhogs.

Important note: When using live catch animal traps, it is essential to remember that your traps are set, and to release trapped animals as soon as practically possible. If you forget to check a trap, it could be a matter of life or death for whoever is inside.


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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World – a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.


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10:10AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thank you Angel, for Sharing this!

11:15AM PDT on Apr 5, 2013


4:13PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

my cat eats them

11:03AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Well, well, all in one post. That's good then.

10:58AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

This is a long story, but bear with the amount of posts I will have to make to get it told.

Let's look at those humane traps for a moment? What do you do after you catch a mouse? Drop it off at a local park, or back alley? Chances are that it will find its way back to your house because mice always try to return to their home nests. Or, they will find another house to invade? Or they will be eaten by feral cats, or dogs or coyotes? Or they will freeze outside in winter, or starve to death? Is that kind, or is it just out of sight?

Even in the best case scenario if the mouse survives and finds a colony of other survivors it will proliferate until the authorities do something about it, or they are not able to feed their enormous numbers. There is no way mice live "happily ever after".

Having fought a major mouse invasion a few years ago I found my choices to be limited. Being a skittish, sensitive person I wanted to humane trap, but the mice wouldn't go into a trap. They wouldn't go anywhere that they could not see the inside of. They were also very clever and avoided most of my snap traps. Sometimes I was amazed at how well they got around the snap traps. The poison I fed them either didn't kill them or I would find dead bodies in all sorts of startling places like my lingerie drawer. So in the end I had to resort to the ugliest of all choices, the glue traps.

The glue traps are very ugly because the mouse is caught, cannot move and cries and cries co

5:10AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Please don't hurt them

11:54AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

We have 6 cats. Rodents do not find our home attractive.

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11:51AM PST on Dec 16, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

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