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Ban the use of inhumane glue traps

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One of the cruelest methods of killing animals that exists today is the glue trap. These devices consist of pieces of cardboard, fiberboard, or plastic coated with a sticky adhesive designed to ensnare any small animal who wanders across or lands on its surface.

Trapped rodents and other animals suffer immeasurably during the days that it takes for them to die. Glue traps rip patches of skin, fur, and feathers off the animals’ bodies as they struggle to escape, and many animals even chew off their own legs trying to get free. Some animals get their faces stuck in the glue and suffocate, which can take hours. And the screaming of ensnared rodents is extremely upsetting to people who are then unsure of how to “dispose” of these living creatures. Glue-trap manufacturers generally direct consumers to throw animals in the trash along with the trap, leaving the victims to suffer for days until they finally die of starvation, dehydration, or stress—a cruel fate.

Glue traps are completely indiscriminate. Rescuers answer calls on a regular basis from distraught individuals who have discovered birds, lizards, snakes, bats, chipmunks, cats, squirrels, and even their own animal companions hopelessly stuck to these sticky boards.

Glue traps also pose disease risks to humans. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada specifically warn against their use because of the threat of hantaviruses posed when terrified, ensnared animals lose control of their bodily functions.

In addition to being cruel, indiscriminate, and unsanitary, glue traps and other lethal methods never work to keep rodents away in the long run, and their use will actually backfire. This is because when animals are killed or otherwise removed, the resultant spike in the food supply causes accelerated breeding among survivors and newcomers—and this means increased populations! Further, glue traps are cost prohibitive because their adhesive becomes inert after two weeks.

Responsible for more suffering than virtually any other wildlife control product on the market, glue traps are readily available at grocery stores, home improvement and hardware stores and most major retailers, as well as over the Internet.

These disgusting and torturous traps need to be made illegal ASAP before more innocent lives are subjected to such horrible and inhumane deaths. When murderers get the death sentence they are given a final meal and a humane death. Why should an animal just going about its everyday life be subjected to a torturous and horrific death just because they're a nuisance to us when actual murderers are treated humanly? If lethal methods of rodent control are insisted upon, they should at least guarantee a quick and painless death.

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