Inhumane Traps to be Banned
Inhumane rodent glue traps to be banned in England
A government-backed private members bill received unanimous support for banning glue traps during its final reading in the House of Lords at the end of April.
The ban will come into effect in England two years after receiving Royal Assent.
Glue traps rip patches of skin, fur, and feathers off the animals’ bodies as they struggle to escape, and many animals even chew off their own legs trying to get free. Some animals get their faces stuck in the glue and suffocate, which can take hours. Although these traps can cause extreme animal suffering, they are widely available. The traps also pose a serious risk to other species, with numerous reports each year of animals—including protected and endangered species like hedgehogs, wild birds and bats, and even pet cats—being caught and suffering often fatal injuries.
The legislation contains a limited exemption for “pest control operatives” to apply to the Secretary of State for a licence to use a glue trap, which may be granted where there is “no other satisfactory solution” and where the action is required for “the purpose of preserving public health or safety”.
One of our own volunteers had personal experience of the cruelty of a glue trap. One of her cats jumped on top of the wall of the adjoining property and became stuck to one. The net result was that the poor cat had to have its leg amputated.