Ban On Rodent Glue Traps Isn’t Strict Enough, Say Animal Charities


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The British Veterinary Association and a landslide of animal advocacy charities are welcoming a brand new regulation to ban “inhumane” rodent glue traps. This is amid warning that the foundations gained’t be tight sufficient.

Glue traps are bought extensively for as little as 99p. But they’re dubbed to trigger immense struggling as they’ll rip off limbs and depart animals in misery as they endure immense torture.

They additionally catch different animals, similar to cats, birds, and hedgehogs. This has prompted the RSCPA to obtain 236 studies of glue lure incidents over the previous 5 years.

‘Inhumane’ rodent glue traps

As of this week, animal safety figures are celebrating the Glue Traps (Offences) Bill which right now (November 19) receives its second studying in parliament.

If handed, the laws will make it an offense to set a glue lure for the aim of catching a rodent, in addition to a handful of different related offenses. Anyone discovered responsible might be accountable for both a tremendous or imprisonment.

It was put ahead by Conservative MP Jane Stevenson. Upon its first presentation earlier this 12 months, she mentioned: “When pest management is required, we’ve a accountability to make use of probably the most humane strategies so as to stop pointless struggling. 

“A rodent caught in a glue lure will endure a sluggish and painful loss of life, which isn’t acceptable when different pest management strategies can be found.

“…It is surely time to end the use of these inhumane and indiscriminate traps.” Animal welfare minister Lord Goldsmith has backed the proposal.

Government and charity warning

Among the charities supporting the invoice are the RSPCA, Humane Society International/UK, Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, PETA UK, Animal Aid, Cats Protection, and UK Centre for Animal Law.

“Other animals similar to snakes, robins, owls, and even kittens are maimed or fatally injured due to these terrible traps.

Chris Sherwood, chief govt, RSPCA

Despite this, they name for the invoice to be “strengthed,” with stricter laws. As it stands, the Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) might be given license to permit pest controllers to make use of the glue lure. This is when there’s “no other satisfactory solution.”

Pest controllers

In an announcement despatched to PBN, Chris Sherwood of the RSPCA mentioned: “We are happy to see the primary steps in the direction of extra regulation of torturous glue traps which trigger such struggling and distress to animals.

“However, we wish to see the exemptions clarified and loopholes tightened so this regulation is as efficient as it may be.

“The method the invoice presently stands solely rodents are included within the wording. It is true that mice and rats are victims. But different animals similar to snakes, robins, owls, and even kittens are maimed or fatally injured due to these terrible traps. 

“We are concerned that the focus on rodents could provide a loophole for those who wish to set such traps for other animals.”

Claire Bass is the manager director of Humane Society International/UK. Her worries are that pest management is an “unregulated industry.” Moreover, she mentioned the invoice would enable the traps for use with “very little scrutiny.”

The UK Centre for Animal Law echoes the issues because it claims the time period pest controller is “too wide.”