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The New York City Parks and Recreation Department is using glue traps to kill rodents.
Glue traps are responsible for more suffering than virtually any other wildlife control product on the market. Glue traps are inhumane. Most animals caught in glue traps suffer slow and agonizing deaths. They literally rip off the bottom of the rodents feet and sometime the rodents actually chew their own feet off in order to escape. It may take three to five days for an animal to die, perhaps even longer for a reptile. Some animals succumb to exhaustion, collapse face down in the glue and die of suffocation when the glue lodges in their nasal passage, a process that can take anywhere from three to 24 hours. Most often death comes from a combination of exhaustion, dehydration and starvation.
Rodents aren't the only ones who fall victim to glue boards; birds, bats, squirrels, snakes, raccoons, and even kittens and puppies can get caught in these barbaric traps.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers glue traps to be a disease risk because ensnared animals defecate and urinate out of stress and fright.
We urge New York City parks and recreation officials to remove the glue traps and stick with less cruel forms of rodent control.