Stop Killing Mice With Torturous Glue Traps


Target: Tom Downs, Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Goal: Stop using glue traps to slowly and brutally kill ensnared rodents

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or WMATA, is currently using glue traps to curb rodent infestation in its train stations. These devices kill pests in exactly the manner as their name suggests: by capturing animals with strong adhesive and causing them to die from minor injuries, which can take days to occur. Despite the slow and brutal process of extermination, many institutions still employ this inhumane pest control technique.

Animal welfare group PETA highlights the gruesome effects of glue traps, stating, “Victims often rip themselves to pieces in their frantic struggles to escape the sticky mess. Exhausted and terrified, they succumb to shock, dehydration, or blood loss–and death can take days.” This deadly device also affects other species besides rodents; cats, birds, and any animals unfortunate enough to wander into the traps suffer the same prolonged agony.

Glue traps also present significant health risks to humans. According to PETA, both the Centers for Disease Control and Health Canada “warn against pathogens in the waste of stressed rodents.” Because of its widespread and devastating effects, glue traps should be abandoned in favor of more focused, humane methods of pest control.

Urge WMATA to stop using glue traps to kill the rodent population. Sign the petition below to help end this blatant form of animal cruelty and spare innocent animals from undue harm.


Dear Mr. Downs,

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s decision to kill rodents via glue traps is inhumane and hazardous. The slow, gruesome death involved with this adhesive device is blatantly cruel and should be discarded in favor of more humane methods.

PETA reports that captured animals sometimes take days to succumb to death, often via agonizing processes such as dehydration or suffocation; sometimes the rodents literally tear themselves to pieces in attempts to escape. The glue traps are also ineffective in targeting rodents specifically. Animals like cats and birds often become ensnared in these horrendous devices, suffering the same gradual demise as the intended species.

In addition to harming animals, glue traps pose significant health risks to humans. The CDC and Health Canada highlight the dangerous pathogens within the wastes of traumatized rodents, which are freely exposed following the animals’ deaths.

I find it troubling that despite being informed of all these revolting factors, you have still chosen to implement glue traps. Please, stop using this torturous and unsuccessful method of pest control. Animal suffering is detrimental to all species, not just rats and mice.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Cecily Colloby. says:

    Mr Downs, I would just love to see YOU struggle for days in one of these traps and face the same agonising death you have decided to inflict on these helpless animals. They have as much right to their lives as you have, probably MORE right since they don’t torture other animals and you clearly DO…

  2. Sam Outhorn says:

    There are other ways of keeping rodent numbers down, like adequate contraceptives for instance. It works for pigeons, so… -Downright primitive and appalling !!!!!

  3. jaclyn bisanz says:

    if we’re going to irradiate them, why not do it so it’s quick, so the animal doesn’t suffer. COME ON PEOPLE IT’S CALLED COMPASSION.

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