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Despite knowing that glue traps cause prolonged suffering, The Home Depot continues to sell these vile devices.
Glue traps cause animals to suffer immensely. These devices, small boards covered with a sticky adhesive, indiscriminately inflict terrifying deaths on mice, birds, squirrels, hamsters, kittens, and any other animals who get stuck in the glue. Trapped animals can take days to die of starvation and dehydration, while they cry out in fear and agony.
Animals rip off patches of fur or feathers and skin as they struggle to escape, and some even chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves. Some victims’ noses, mouths, or beaks get stuck in the glue, suffocating them over the course of hours. Animals stuck on these traps continue to produce urine and feces, spreading dangerous pathogens, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned the public not to use the devices, as they increase people’s exposure to disease.
Glue traps are not long-term solutions for controlling “unwanted houseguests”—when rodents are killed, survivors and newcomers breed faster, resulting in a population increase. The only way to keep a home free of mice and rats is to seal all entries and keep living spaces clean.
Mice and rats are intelligent, highly social beings who will go to great lengths to help others in distress. Male mice woo their mates with high-pitched love songs. Infant rats giggle when they’re tickled. Rats even exhibit altruism, putting themselves in harm’s way rather than allowing someone else to suffer.
England, Iceland, Ireland, and New Zealand—along with hundreds of companies, including Target, Rite Aid, Dollar Tree, and Walgreens—banned glue traps after hearing from PETA supporters. Please contact The Home Depot and demand that it stop profiting off the cruel killing of animals.