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Canadian Tire, a department store with more than 500 locations throughout Canada, is selling cruel glue traps—small boards coated with a strong adhesive. Animals—including mice, lizards, and birds—who run across or land on the traps get stuck in the glue, and as they try desperately to escape, chunks of their fur, skin, or feathers can be torn off. Many animals even attempt to chew off their own limbs in an effort to free themselves. Glue trap manufacturers direct consumers to throw the devices into the garbage, but often the animals stuck in the glue are still alive! It can take days for them to die from blood loss, dehydration, exhaustion, suffocation, or being crushed to death under piles of trash.
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 exhibit altruism, putting themselves in harm’s way rather than allowing someone else to suffer. These animals deserve our compassion and respect, and it’s essential that we use preventive and humane methods to solve any perceived problems associated with them.
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 Canadian Tire and demand that it stop profiting off the cruel killing of animals.