Iceland has become the latest country that has banned the use of glue traps to catch rodents with sticky substances. It has also banned bucket traps, which kill mice by drowning them. The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority announced the new ban citing Article 28 of Iceland’s animal welfare law, which makes it unlawful to use rodent control methods that cause unnecessary entrapment or pain.
Animals trapped in such inhumane devices — including rats, mice, squirrels, and birds — endure slow and agonizing deaths after being caught. As they try to escape, they can rip patches of skin, fur, or feathers from their bodies. And if they cannot escape, they may be suffering for days before eventually dying from starvation, suffocation, or dehydration.
PETA has gathered the names of more than 200 companies that have stopped using glue traps, and more than 70 that stopped selling them. It also advises what to do if anyone finds a mammal or bird trapped in them still alive: “If an animal is stuck in a glue trap, pour a small amount of cooking oil or baby oil onto the stuck areas (avoiding the animal’s nose and mouth to prevent suffocation) and gently work the animal-free. Injured or weak animals must be rushed to a nearby veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator. Note that it’s illegal in the U.S. to use glue traps for wild-bird control, so if you see a bird caught in a glue trap, please immediately alert your state wildlife or local animal control officials.”
New Zealand, Ireland, and the Australian state of Victoria are examples of territories that have successfully banned rodent glue traps. In New Zealand, the Animal Welfare (Glueboard Traps) Order 2009 restricted the use of glue boards and banned the sale and use from 1st January 2015. In Ireland, the Wildlife Act 1976 (approved traps, snares and nets) Regulations 2003 did not add glue traps as authorised methods of rodent control. In December 2008, the Victorian Government in Australia updated its Prevention of Cruelty to Animals regulations, which included a ban on people using glue traps for rodents. Also, the Welsh Government has recently announced its intention to ban the use of deadly glue traps in Wales.