Don’t Let Rodents Die Slow and Horrific Deaths in Glue Traps

Target: Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada

Goal: Ban the public sale and use of cruel glue traps.

Thousands of rodents suffer in glue traps each year, often stuck for days until they slowly die horrific deaths. Governments need to ban these inhumane traps that are readily available at hardware and DIY stores.

In many cases, the rodents will rip their own skin off in a vain attempt to escape. Others writhe in agony as they desperately try to free themselves. Animals endure unimaginable suffering while caught in these traps. Most are simply left to die as they slowly succumb to starvation, stress, exhaustion, and dehydration.

Non-target wildlife is also at risk from these cruel traps, including protected and migratory species. Numerous birds, reptiles, and other small animals are often caught and they suffer the same fate as mice and rats. Domestic pets, such as cats and small dogs, are also at risk.

Countries around the world have already made the move against these torturous traps. They are prohibited in Ireland and New Zealand and are being reconsidered by other nations. All governments should follow suit and remove unethical glue traps from production permanently.

Sign this petition to ban the public use and sale of rodent glue traps.


Dear Honourable Wilkinson,

As an advocate for animal welfare, I urge you to ban the use and sale of glue traps for catching rodents. The Scottish government is currently considering prohibiting these traps, and several other countries have already passed laws to this effect. I encourage you to follow suit.

Glue traps are cruel and cause horrible suffering to the animal they ensnare. Most of the injuries are self-inflicted as the rodents are impelled to free themselves, to the point that many will rip their own skin off in the vain attempt to escape. Death is usually slow and painful, as the animal perishes from starvation, dehydration, stress, and exhaustion. No animal should be put through that, and it is deplorable that they are intentionally killed in this manner.

Many other species of animals are at risk from glue traps, including protected and migratory birds. Reptiles, cats, small dogs, and other mammals are also caught each year. If the animal can be extracted alive, rehabilitation efforts are largely ineffective.

As the government representative for the environment and the protection of the creatures that inhabit it, I compel you to forward legislation that will prohibit using inhumane glue traps.


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  1. No one wants rodents in their homes but this indiscriminate method of controlling them is outdated and unnecessarily cruel.

  2. Catherine Wright says:

    I would like to see glue traps banned in the United States as well.

  3. Death by glue trap is one of the worst possible ways to die on this planet. Have you ever heard a screeching mouse trapped in one? They slowly die of starvation, dehydration, thirst, and heart attacks from panic. Mothers caught in glue traps have been known to chew off their own limbs to be free. They are heartbreaking and cruel. Please petition Amazon to stop selling glue traps. That would make a sizeable dent into them worldwide. Thank you for caring about glue traps.

  4. Personally I am not a fan of rats I don’t like rats but having them suffer this way is inhumane and disgusting. No animal even if it’s a rat or a mouse or whatever it is should not suffer

  5. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    BAN GLUE TRAPS EVERYWHERE NOW. They cause a slow, painful death from starvation or the trapped animals rip off or chew off their limbs to escape, and many non target animals get trapped, too.

  6. Stella Waldvogel says:

    While we may sometimes have to exterminate rats and mice in order to keep them from overrunning our homes, their end should come as quickly and humanely as possible. They’re just creatures trying to live and find food and water, and our goal should never be punishment and torture. Glue traps are much slower than snap traps, or even poison. There is no reason for them to be on the market.

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