Following an appeal from PETA India, the Goa Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services has issued a circular prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and use of cruel glue traps for rodent control. The circular also seeks state-wide compliance with the order in light of the wildlife and other animals who get stuck in these traps and die slow, painful deaths. In its appeal, PETA India had requested that the state government take immediate steps to implement circulars issued by the Animal Welfare Board of India advising that glue traps be prohibited. Circulars with similar directions have previously been issued by the governments of Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.
The use of glue traps that cause animals suffering is a punishable offence under Section 11 of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. Usually made of plastic trays or sheets of cardboard covered with strong glue, they’re indiscriminate killers, often catching non-target animals, including birds, squirrels, reptiles, and frogs. This is in violation of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, which prohibits the “hunting” of protected indigenous species. Mice, rats, and other animals caught in these traps can die of hunger, dehydration, or exposure after days of prolonged suffering. Others may suffocate when their noses and mouths become stuck in the glue, while some even chew through their limbs in a desperate bid for freedom and die from blood loss. Those found alive may be thrown away along with the trap or may face an even more traumatic death, such as by bludgeoning or drowning.
The best way to control rodent populations is to make the area unattractive or inaccessible to them by doing the following: eliminate food sources by keeping surfaces and floors clean and storing food in chew-proof containers; seal trash cans, and use ammonia-soaked cotton balls or rags to drive rodents away (they hate the smell); after giving them a few days to leave, seal entry points using foam sealant, steel wool, hardware cloth, or metal flashing. Rodents can also be removed using humane cage traps but must be released near where they were found, as animals relocated outside their natural territory struggle to find adequate food, water, and shelter and can die as a result.Support Our Work!