Written by Michelle Kretzer
your barbells to Millennium
Partners Sports Club Management, LLC, which is banning glue
traps from all its locations nationwide.
talks with PETA, Millennium learned how glue traps cause their victims a
slow, agonizing death. Because the animals get stuck but aren't killed, they
struggle to free themselves, often ripping off fur, skin, or feathers in the
process. They may also chew off their own limbs to try to escape. Animals may
languish for days before finally succumbing to starvation, dehydration,
exhaustion, or injuries. And glue traps don't discriminate—birds, companion animals, and even small children
can be harmed by them.
with that information, Millennium agreed that glue traps had about as much
business being in their gyms as a triple cheeseburger—and neither one will be
making it through the door.
sure that neither gets through your door, either, with a humane "smart" mousetrap
(and a veggie burger, of course).
probably not too often that a first-date conversation turns to a discussion on various
types of mousetraps, but that's exactly what happened to me.
I met my boyfriend, he was in hot pursuit of a mouse who was taste-testing her
way through his cabinets. He said he was trying to catch her in a snap trap and
wasn't having any luck. He even surmised that the mouse was so crafty that she
was not only avoiding the trap but also periodically dancing a little jig
around it while pointing and laughing hysterically. (I maintain that the mouse
was too smart for that antiquated trap.) So there we were on our first date
talking about how the snap trap could injure his dog, may not kill the mouse
(at least not instantly), and could make a big mess, and somewhere between the
salad and the risotto, he agreed to give my Humane Smart Mousetrap a try.
after, we met for date number two so that we could institute Operation Mouse
Catch. A few days, a few dates, and a few dabs of peanut butter later, the
mousier Jesse James was in custody:
took her mug shot and promptly let her go in the yard. And contrary to his
misgivings, her cabinet renegade days seem to be over. Since then, our dates
have become a little more normal, and as for the mousetrap that started it all,
my boyfriend's parents have decided to try it out for themselves to nab their
own miniature house guest. And I did a little reading on mice. Turns out, they're
a lot like us: They love to learn new things, they're very social, and they are
loving companion animals.
is Rodent Prevention Month. As we've learned, the best way to keep from having
unwanted visitors is to store food in chew-proof plastic containers, keep trash
in lidded cans, and seal off any possible entry points. Just focusing on killing a mouse or rat who comes
indoors won't work because if the area is
still appealing and accessible, another animal will simply take the first one's
many rodent traps are not only ineffective but also cruel. Animals snared in glue traps, for instance, may
languish for days before finally dying of starvation or dehydration. During
that time, the animals' skin, fur, or feathers may be ripped off as he or she
struggles to escape. And like most "kill traps" and rodent poisons,
glue traps don't discriminate: Dogs, cats, other nontarget animals—and even
small children—can be harmed by them.
Rodent Prevention Month, show mice and rats some love with a Humane Smart Mousetrap. You never know where it
Written by PETA
As the nights get chilly, the thought of passing the evenings with friends and family in a nice, warm house sounds delightful … to mice. Like humans, mice are social animals who enjoy each other's company, and while you might not be so eager to enjoy theirs, you might have a little more respect for them after reading these fascinating mouse tidbits:
If—despite their charm—you still don't care to share your home with mice, the best way to keep them out of your humble abode is to prevent them from getting inside in the first place. Seal mouse-size holes (mice can enter a hole the size of a dime), keep food in sealed containers, always clean up crumbs right away, and use safe, homemade deterrents like peppermint-soaked cotton balls. If you already have unwanted mouseguests, never use cruel glue traps, which leave the animals to suffer slow deaths from suffocation or dehydration. Instead, pick up a few humane mousetraps and set the mice free outdoors.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
I bet it made your Monday to read how one determined woman helped countless small animals by convincing Gelson's to pull glue traps from its stores' shelves. (Really, how dang adorable is the mouse in that post? I could stare at her all day.)
Let us make your Friday too. Check out this year's ever-growing list of companies, businesses, and agencies that have pledged to not use gruesome glue traps ever again, all because of the hard work of PETA and our supporters:
And we're waiting for the final word from the following:
I'm sure there are many more establishments that we haven't heard about. Make PETA Files readers' week by leaving a comment below about any businesses you know that have sworn off glue traps.
Written by Karin Bennett
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