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October 7, 2015

Poll Results Support Campaign for UK Ban on Glue Traps

Humane Society International/United Kingdom

  • The poll revealed that glue traps are being mis-used. Jean-Jacques Boujot

A June YouGov poll, commissioned by HSI UK, looking at public use of and attitudes to rodent glue traps reveal that mis-use of the traps is potentially breaking the law, and that the majority of people believe they should be banned.

Of a representative sample of 2,044 UK adults:

  • Almost a quarter (23 per cent) had used, or would consider using this type of trap.
  • More than half (51 per cent) said they either wouldn’t know what to do with an animal caught on a glue trap or would recommend an action that risked committing an offence under the Animal Welfare Act (2006). The latter included nine per cent who said they would drown the animal and six per cent who said they would leave the animal to die on the trap.
  • Only 20 per cent recommended killing a trapped animal using the method advised by the professional pest control industry and accepted by experts as being ‘humane’ (hitting the animal with a sharp blow).
  • 68 per cent agreed that glue traps should be banned in the UK.

Animals caught on glue traps are theoretically protected under the Animal Welfare Act (2006), meaning that people have a legal responsibility to protect them from ‘unnecessary suffering’. Leaving an animal on a trap to die from starvation or dehydration, or killing it inhumanely — such as drowning — could be a prosecutable offence.

Live in the UK? Call on retailers to stop selling glue traps

However, HSI UK’s poll results reveal a widespread lack of understanding of appropriate and humane handling of animals caught on glue traps. The poll shows that glue traps are being mis-used, leading to unacceptable and unnecessary animal suffering. The results clearly make a case for them to be removed from public sale and it is heartening to see the vast majority of the British public agrees.

No sentient animal — cat, dog, rabbit, rat or mouse — should be subjected to fear, suffering and such a prolonged and agonising death.

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