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RSPCA calls on Ealing residents to stop using inhumane rodent traps

The RSPCA is calling on residents across Ealing to stop using inhumane traps to capture rodents after a mouse got attached to a glue trap that was discarded on a Southall street and died struggling to free themselves earlier this month.

Glue traps, which are set to be banned for members of the public using them from July 2024, are also known as glue boards or sticky boards and are coated with an adhesive designed to trap rodents as they cross the board.

The Glue Traps (Offences) Act was passed in April 2022 and was expected to come into force in England this month but has been delayed until July 2024.

Under the new law set to come into force:

(1)A person who sets a glue trap in England for the purpose of catching a rodent commits an offence. (2)A person who sets a glue trap in England in a manner which gives rise to a risk that a rodent will become caught in the glue trap commits an offence.

Mouse trapped on glue trap. Photo: RSPCA
Mouse trapped on glue trap. Photo: RSPCA

RSPCA animal rescue officer Jade Guthrie who attended the mouse after being called out by a member of the public on 4 April 2024 said: “It is shocking that glue traps are currently still legal to use, though thankfully this will soon change. But we are sure nobody wants to see the sort of pain this mouse endured, so we would ask people to not even think about using one even while they are still legal. There are humane ways of deterring rodents instead.”

Ms Guthrie added: “Glue traps can impact wildlife and pets who come across them while out and about. They are extremely difficult to remove and can cause the animal a lot of suffering and distress. In their increasing panic and desperation to escape, rats and mice have been found to tear patches of their fur out, break bones, and even gnaw their own limbs off in a bid to be free.

“The best advice we can give is to not use a glue trap at all. No animal deserves to suffer like this.”

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