In a press release on 27 October, the Humane Society International/UK (HSI/UK) launched its Unstuck campaign to highlight the cruelty of rodent glue traps and to call for a UK ban on the retail sales of these devices which are already outlawed on animal welfare grounds in New Zealand and Ireland.
|HSI/UK said: “Millions of rats and mice experience prolonged cruelty from glue traps, a widely used inhumane rodent control product.”
HSI/UK are calling upon the general public to email retailers and wholesalers who sell glue boards to discontinue the sale of glue traps. B&Q, Homebase, The Range and many other high street chains already refuse to stock these devices.
As part of their campaign, HSI/UK have produced a shocking video – Stuck to death – portraying a mouse caught on a glue board with a female human voice-over recording its plight – anyone, especially anyone from the general public, watching this cannot fail to be moved.
|This campaign coincides with the imminent publication of the Law Commission’s review of UK wildlife legislation and its proposal for a new and simple wildlife law. HSI/UK has submitted a robust case for a glue trap ban to be included.
Readers will be aware that professional users of such devices are already regulated by a Code of Best Practise published by the Pest Management Alliance in 2010. These products should only be used as a means of last resort.
The HSI/UK survey
Of a representative sample of 2,044 UK adults:
Animals caught on glue traps are theoretically protected under the Animal Welfare Act (2006), meaning that people have a legal responsibility to protect them from ‘unnecessary suffering’. Leaving an animal on a trap to die from starvation or dehydration, or killing it inhumanely such as drowning could be a prosecutable offence.
However, HSI/UK’s poll results revealed a widespread lack of understanding of appropriate and humane handling of animals caught on glue traps. The poll showed that glue traps are being mis-used, leading to unacceptable and unnecessary animal suffering. The results clearly make a case for them to be removed from public sale and it is heartening to see the vast majority of the British public agrees.
No sentient animal cat, dog, rabbit, rat or mouse should be subjected to fear, suffering and such a prolonged and agonising death.