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