Take Action: Ban cruel rodent glue traps from UK stores

Rodent glue traps that cause prolonged and unnecessary suffering are in stores now.
Tell UK retailers to stop selling these cruel traps!

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Imagine being stuck, unable to escape, because your limbs are glued down. You’re blind with panic, fighting to get free. Twisted body parts and skin tearing – the suffering goes on for hours, or even days. Eventually, overcome by hunger and exhaustion, the life slowly drains from you.

This is the brutal experience of many small animals caught on rodent glue traps. The pain these devices cause is indefensible. Some animals even gnaw through their own limbs in desperation as they struggle to escape. Others suffocate to death as they collapse face-first into the glue.

We can help stop their suffering. HSI UK are asking animal lovers to act now to prevent the sale of glue traps in the UK.

*** Act now – Sign HSI UK petition ***

These cruel traps are sold in stores across the country for as little as 50p each, providing easy access for their use by the public. Last week, HSI convinced Booker Group – a market-leading wholesaler with 202 stores across the country, including 30 branches of Makro – to stop selling these cruel products. Now, they need our help to persuade more wholesalers and retailers to do the same.

Rats and mice feel pain and suffering just like other animals, yet loopholes in the law allow unimaginable cruelty to be inflicted upon them. Their suffering matters and cannot be overlooked.

Let’s join HSI in calling on the UK’s biggest retail and wholesale companies to take these horrible products off the shelves.

This will take us a big step closer to our goal of convincing the UK government to ban glue traps for good. Together, we can get small animals unstuck.

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6 thoughts on “Take Action: Ban cruel rodent glue traps from UK stores

  1. This is something that I have spent a lot of time thinking about. I not only hate the thoughts of people using glue traps but also (snares for larger animals too – which I think have been banned already, hopefully!) the spring traps, leg-hold and break-back (as the name suggests) traps. I think ALL instruments of torture should be banned for good. There ARE humane alternatives if only people would open their eyes and think about what they are doing to another living, feeling, breathing creature. I think deterrents, humane (live) trapping (and release) and/or prevention (making sure the house is mouse-proof, so they can’t get in in the first place) are much better options. Domesticated rats and mice are also kept as pets, so it’s a double standard to cause them ‘pests’ and believe that they warrant destruction by the most cruel, evil, prolonged torture methods imaginable. HAVE A HEART AND OPEN YOUR EYES – Just because something is LEGAL doesn’t mean it is RIGHT – just look at slavery (wasn’t that also legal at some point in time?!!)

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  2. This is something that I have spent a lot of time thinking about. I not only hate the thoughts of people using glue traps but also (snares for larger animals too – which I think have been banned already, hopefully!) the spring traps, leg-hold and break-back (as the name suggests) traps. I think ALL instruments of torture should be banned for good. There ARE humane alternatives if only people would open their eyes and think about what they are doing to another living, feeling, breathing creature. I think deterrents, humane (live) trapping (and release) and/or prevention (making sure the house is mouse-proof, so they can’t get in in the first place) are much better options. Domesticated rats and mice are also kept as pets, so it’s a double standard to cause them ‘pests’ and believe that they warrant destruction by the most cruel, evil, prolonged torture methods imaginable. HAVE A HEART AND OPEN YOUR EYES – Just because something is LEGAL doesn’t mean it is RIGHT – just look at slavery (wasn’t that also legal at some point in time?!!)

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    • Hi – well said. Completely agree about more humane methods being available, I think the problem is some people are lazy and just want the easy option. FYI: Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife Order (Northern Ireland) 1985, free-running snares are legal throughout the UK, while self-locking snares are illegal. A free-running snare is supposed to slacken when the animal stops struggling, while a self-locking snare can only become tighter. However, these terms are not clearly defined and a rusted, kinked or knotted snare effectively becomes self-locking.

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      • Thanks so much Laura for this information. Apologies but I haven’t persued my blog for various reasons. I’ve been too busy moving house, working on my Neal’s Yard business. I may delete my blog actually as I need to rethink it. All the best with things Xx

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