Target: Richard Sarles, General Manager and CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Goal: Save rodents and other animals from painful deaths caused by inhumane glue traps
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has been permitting the cruel use of glue traps to kill mice and rats in the area. Glue traps are incredibly dangerous to mice and rats, prolonging their suffering and pain. Rodents remain stuck on glue traps for days at a time as they try to frantically escape, often ripping their own skin off. They eventually die of shock, dehydration, or blood loss from limbs being torn in their struggle to free themselves. Death can take days, as the mice and rats suffer painfully.
Glue traps do not only hurt mice and rats. Animals such as kittens, chipmunks and some birds can find themselves indiscriminate victims of glue traps. All of these animals suffer trauma that lasts for days before their inevitable deaths, unless they are found and freed.
The centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against using glue traps because of the risks posed by disease from pathogens in the waste of rodents suffering stress. In one case, a hospital that used glue traps failed to check them for over a year. The rodents that were trapped and dead for months attracted a huge fly population that caused hospital inhabitants to get sick.
Strangely, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is claiming that it has no obligation to treat animals humanely. Yet there are preventative measures that can be used to control rodent populations, as well as nonlethal traps and natural repellents. Sign the petition below to demand that the use of inhumane glue traps be abandoned.
Dear Mr. Richard Sarles,
I am appalled and disgusted by the fact that your Transit Authority continues to use glue traps to trap and kill mice and rats along with other non-target animals. In addition to the fact that this is inhumane and a threat to human health, it is also a violation of animal cruelty laws.
Please reconsider the use of glue traps on your Metropolitan Area property and look into other options for more humane rodent population control. Make the ethical decision to take animals and human health out of jeopardy.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
[Your Name Here]
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