Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is introducing a invoice in Congress to ban the sale and use of rodent glue traps. The invoice is co-sponsored by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
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Glue traps are boards of varied sizes lined in robust glue which might be a well-liked various to snap traps for indoor management of rats and mice. Glue traps are banned in a number of international locations, primarily in Europe. The California metropolis of West Hollywood banned glue traps in 2023.
The push for glue lure bans is being led by the radical leftist group PETA which claims a number of massive retailers have stopped promoting the glue traps in addition to corporations and establishments which have sworn off utilizing them.
Lieu’s predominant objection is that the glue traps are merciless to rats and mice.
A New York Post article on a 2022 proposal in New York state to ban glue traps reported on the draw back of utilizing them (excerpt):
Specialists informed The Publish that glue traps usually are not notably efficient in comparison with different sorts of units that purpose to curb the town’s rising rat inhabitants by poisoning them, spring-snapping their necks, or zapping them with a really unhealthy jolt of electrical energy.
One weak point of glue traps — which lose their stickiness as soon as mud and different particles accumulate — is how one thing like a caught cockroach would possibly tip off intelligent rats in regards to the hazard forward, based on an acclaimed 1998 research by the College of Nebraska cited by the lawmakers.
“Not solely are some [rodents] conscious of the harmful glue surfaces, however they’re additionally adept at studying or figuring out learn how to neutralize them,” reads the research.
Glue traps additionally generally stick with furry associates like canines and cats whereas leaving any human in earshot of a struggling rat with vivid reminiscences of scratching, screaming, and screeching to go on to associates.
At this time, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) launched the Glue Entice Prohibition Act, a invoice to put a nationwide ban on the possession and use of glue traps to catch rodents. Glue traps – boards coated with adhesive used to catch and kill pests – are among the many cruelest methods to get rid of rodents. Of their makes an attempt to flee the glue, animals could tear off their pores and skin, and a few could even gnaw off their very own limbs. Animals that don’t escape die of blood loss, suffocation, or dehydration. Glue traps additionally pose a public well being threat. The CDC urges People to not use glue traps, as ensnared rodents can unfold illness.
The traps are already banned in England, Iceland, Eire, and New Zealand, in addition to in over 100 airports throughout the nation. Final 12 months, West Hollywood grew to become the primary metropolis within the nation to ban glue traps. Congressman Adam Schiff is an authentic cosponsor of this invoice.
“Glue traps are ruthless, inhumane, and might be harmful to the well being of people and their pets,” stated Rep. Lieu. “There are quite a few different methods to lure small animals that don’t lengthen their struggling. As a proud member of the Animal Safety Caucus, I’m happy to introduce this invoice to cease the pointless struggling of those animals.”
The Glue Entice Prohibition Act is endorsed by PETA and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.
“PETA thanks Rep. Ted Lieu for his compassion and management in introducing the Glue Entice Prohibition Act of 2024,” stated PETA Govt Vice President Tracy Reiman. “This significant laws might help defend weak species of wildlife and save tens of 1000’s of small animals every year from being injured, completely disabled, and killed by dehydration, harm or hunger in these primitive, merciless traps.”
“Glue traps are merciless, inhumane, and outdated strategies of eradicating rodents from properties and companies,” stated Sara Amundson, president of Humane Society Legislative Fund. “Wildlife and even our family pets might be inadvertently harmed by these units and all animals face gradual, agonizing deaths in these traps. Consultant Lieu’s Glue Entice Prohibition Act will finally make a extra humane world by inserting the U.S. alongside the U.Okay., New Zealand and others who’ve banned using these traps.”
Learn the complete textual content of the invoice here.
Rodent management is just not for the squeamish. It includes killing illness spreading, meals consuming, property damaging rats and mice which might be a menace to human well being and security. Bait traps, glue traps, poisons and electrical shock traps all have parts of ache and cruelty. The query is what function, if any, ought to the federal authorities have in regulating rodent management and the way wouldn’t it be enforced: Armed FBI raids at daybreak on rat-infested flats or household farms over glue traps for rats and mice?