RSPCA delighted as ban on ‘cruel’ glue traps inches closer

Animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, has seen dozens of animals caught in cruel sticky traps in the south west and Midlands over the last five years.

As a result, a Private Member’s Bill was introduced this summer calling for a ban on the use of these traps and has the backing of the Government.

The RSPCA received 236 reports of glue trap incidents to its cruelty line from 2016 to 2020 involving animals across England and Wales including cats, garden birds, hedgehogs, squirrels and even a parrot.

More than 40 of these calls were from counties in the south west and Midlands.

Miles the cat was one victim of the glue traps. Photo: RSPCA.

Glue traps, also known as ‘glue boards’ or ‘sticky boards’, consist of a sheet of plastic, cardboard or wood coated with non-drying adhesive designed to trap rodents such as mice and rats as they cross the board.

However, less than 27% of animals involved in incidents seen by the RSPCA were rodents, and a huge 73% of incidents involved non-target species such as pets and other wild animals, many of
which were too badly maimed and injured to survive.

A mouse caught on a glue trap. Photo: RSPCA.

Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive of the RSPCA, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the first steps towards a ban of torturous glue traps which cause such suffering and misery to animals.

“Our frontline rescuers and hospital staff are sickened by the horrific injuries animals suffer as they
struggle to free themselves.

“Mice and rats are the main victims but other animals such as snakes, robins, owls and even
kittens and cats maimed or fatally injured because of these awful traps.”

Robins caught on the glue trap. Credit: RSPCA.

The RSPCA opposes the manufacture, sale and use of glue-traps because of the unnecessary suffering they cause to animals.

They are also completely indiscriminate in which animals they trap
so they pose a danger not only to the rodents they are intended to catch, but to other wild animals.

If anyone finds an animal in a glue trap please seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible or call the RSPCA hotline on 0300 1234999.

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Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

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