….And We’ve Been Caught

So what is the object  in the picture below. A takeaway food carton, a video case, the inside of an empty chocolate box?




Something far more sinister and available on your High Street for a £1.

It is an adhesive rat trap. Quite simply a shallow plastic tray, which opens out and the insides coated in a strong glue.

The unsuspecting rat steps on it and becomes stuck. If left it either starves to death, or bites or rips it’s own legs off to escape. There are no instructions on the box on what to do with a live rat stuck to a piece of plastic!

Rat cruelty kit
Rat cruelty kit



Are rats really a problem? Or are they just a way of telling human society we create too much waste,  leave rubbish about and have disrupted the ecological balances which would keep their numbers in check.

What ever people think about rats, is this anyway to treat another living being? What does it say about our society that we have become so desensitised about inflicting suffering on the rest of the living world, that on the High Street we can buy such cruel  items?

Please make others aware of this product and the unimaginable pain and suffering it inflicts on another living being. Celtic Lion along with others thinks this barbaric practice and product should be stopped. Please forward this link to others to increase the realisation of the ‘instant cruelty kits’  that  can be bought in a shop near you.

What sort of minds ever thought this was a good idea?


One of our friends from the dog world has posted the link on their fancy rat owners forum, as they said, it is barbaric. Thanks for steady stream of interest we have had to the site.

PETA have been contacted and we are awaiting a reply.

Dear Roger,

Thank you for contacting us about glue traps.

Glue traps are one of the cruelest methods of killing rodents (http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=127. Trapped mice suffer immeasurably during the days it takes for them to die of starvation and dehydration. Glue traps rip patches of skin and fur off the animals’ bodies as they struggle to escape, and many mice even chew off their own legs in trying to free themselves. A few of the “luckier” mice get their noses and mouths stuck in the glue and suffocate, but even this takes hours. If you should ever come across a mouse or any animal caught on a glue trap, you can free the animal by applying any type of cooking or baby oil to the animal’s body and gently working him or her free.

Besides being cruel, glue traps and other lethal methods will not control rodent populations. When animals are removed from an area, more will move in to occupy the newly vacant niche. The only long-term way to control rodent populations is to modify the habitat so that the area is unattractive or inaccessible to animals.

There is a lot you can do to help animals. Any time you see glue traps being used or sold in a hardware store, grocery store, or anywhere else, be sure to send a letter to the manager of the store, asking him or her to remove the glue traps from the premises or the shelves. You may wish to indicate that you will find another place to shop until the store no longer promotes the cruel killing of animals, and you can suggest that the store use or sell humane catch-and-release box traps for mice instead. It is possible to change store policies—we have had numerous successes in convincing stores to no longer carry or use glue traps!

To learn more about ways to help rodents and other free-roaming animals, please visit http://www.HelpingAnimals.com/wildlife.asp. Thank you again for contacting us and for your compassion for animals.


Best regards,


Eva Kwolek

PETA Europe

PO Box 36668



Someone has contacted the shop owners suppliers.

National Animal Rights Association have contacted us and will be notifying their members and looking out for the trap

Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals  reply

FOA Roger Thomas

In response to your enquiry, I can confirm that this method of rodent control is not illegal in Scotland. However, under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, any animal becomes a “Protected animal” when it is “under the control of man, whether on a temporary or permanent basis”.

Therefore an animal in such a trap is a protected animal – and if it suffers unnecessarily as a result of poor practice in the use/maintenance of such a trap, or as a failure to release or dispose of

the animal in an appropriate manner, then an offence of causing unnecessary suffering under section 19 of the said act, may have been commited.

Clearly with regards the use of such a trap, we would like to point out that there can be many other avenues to consider where a rodent problem occurs and we would ask any member of public to avoid the use of such traps. Where they are used; regular monitoring must be maintained t0 ensure that no animal suffers unnecessarily.

Thank you for your enquiry.

Fiona Greig

Chief Inspector

Scottish SPCA

Inland Pet Talk

BBC Newsnight Blog

Helping Animals

Wild Care

Hi Roger,

Great! Hopefully we can make a difference and get people to stop using these horrible things.




Alison Hermance

Web Manager




Potland Indy Media


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  1. #1 by Gordon Pye on July 23, 2009 - 12:57 pm

    We once had a rat in the run up to Christmas a couple of years ago so found the old ” Nipper ” trap in the barn and set with bait ( said rat apparently craved tomatoes and bananas ). Rats look nice and cuddly but said rat was an absolute terrorist after removing all available food from the equation resorted to chewing a hole on the corner of the living room door and the carpet. It didn’t end there, even chewed at the fridge door seal, could take the bait off the trap without setting it of so resorted to poison. The poison was taken but the rat survived until Christmas eve when I came home from a friends and found it curled up asleep on a chair. Quick thinking I got the mop from under the stairs and possed it with the mop handle, result dead rat but I suspect that it was half dead from the warfarin poison anyway.

    I don’t have much faith in your alleged sticky trap, suspect that they could be banned after idiot humans or pets glue themselves to them. unless the glue smells like food a rat wont go near them anyway. Rats are definately not reccomended, they can chew your wiring and cause a fire, poison would appear to work best, now keep some down in the corner of the room it invaded ( had one before also ( caught by nipper ) but not a terrorist like this one )..

    • #2 by celticlion on July 23, 2009 - 1:07 pm

      it would appear rat glue is big business. I still think if people want to kill rats there are better ways than causing them to starve to death or rip their own limbs off.

  2. #3 by shannon on July 28, 2009 - 2:26 am

    Yes rats are a big problem on our farm, they eat our grain and pellets meant for other animals etc, but i would never use a trap such as this. These sorts of things are cruel. but on a farm, you have to sometimes be cruel to be kind. for example : A ewe that has been attacked by wild dogs and is still alive, i would put her out of her misery, a lamb that has had its eyes pecked out by crows, i would end its suffering, but these measures are taken to STOP suffering, not induce it. which is why i will always stick to the traps that kill instantly. so yes rats are pests, but no they do not deserve to die this way.

  3. #4 by Greg Phillips on August 13, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Thanks for taking a stance against these things. They are needlessly cruel, certainly an evil invention. Considering that there are so many alternatives to control pests that aren’t as barbaric, these traps are unnecessary.

    • #5 by celticlion on August 13, 2009 - 2:09 pm

      At present we are waiting for replies from various politicians we have written re various animal welfare legal issues (see reply from Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

      Once we have those then we will decide the next move. We appreciate your visting the site and added your support.

      • #6 by Greg Phillips on August 14, 2009 - 10:07 am

        I’m from Australia, and in my state of Victoria have recently banned their sale and use (with the exception of licensed pest control operators and under strict regulations). A couple of states have gone the same way. The major hardware and supermarket chains don’t sell them anymore, so you guys are not alone.

        I think most people are unaware of how bad they really are, and don’t think of what happens after the animal is caught. Good luck with the campaign – if the UK bans them, then hopefully the US follows suit. I know that several European countries have already done the same. It’s a disgrace these traps are allowed.

  4. #7 by Joe on August 10, 2010 - 5:03 pm

    Glue traps are no big deal, I sometimes set them out side around animal holes just to see what I catch. Killing rats is just like stepping on roaches or killing fleas.

  5. #8 by Simon on November 16, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    Joe, people like you make me despair for the human race.

    Either you’re too mean or too stupid to realise that animals (specifically mammals and birds) are sentient beings that feel pain and fear exactly like we do. The whole “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” thing applies just as much to them as it does to us.

    Insects are maybe a bit different. They’re much lower down on the intelligence scale (even lower than users of glue traps) but they still deserve respect.

    I suspect I’m wasting my breath with you ?

    • #9 by celticlion on November 16, 2010 - 2:38 pm

      Thanks for doing the reply. Couldn’t work out whether it was a joke or not, but left it on. We have major problems looming, not just on the energy front, but the collapse of global ecological life support systems. Humans seem to be ignoring the critical problems and focusing attention on lesser matters.

      This is part of the problem, respect for all and any life.

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