Target: Postmaster General and U.S. Postal Service CEO, Patrick Donahoe
Goal: Use humane and effective methods to control the rodent population in U.S. Postal Service facilities.
Many government facilities have sworn off the use of glue traps because of the prolonged suffering they cause to their victims. Glue traps do not prevent rodent re-infestation, and are unnecessary with the availability of modern methods. Please sign this petition to urge the Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service to abandon glue traps for the use of effective and humane pest control methods.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), “victims often rip themselves to pieces in their frantic struggles to escape the sticky mess. Exhausted and terrified, they succumb to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss – and death can take days!” Because glue traps are indiscriminate in their grab, they often capture not only mice and rats, but also birds, squirrels, snakes, gerbils, kittens, and other small animals. Despite the cruelty inflicted on animals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against glue traps due to risk of disease from waste produced by stressed victims. Because animals are caught live, they often urinate as they panic to gain freedom. Pathogens in urine increase the risk of spreading diseases in facilities using glue traps.
Not only do glue traps cause immeasurable pain and cruel death, they are not even effective in controlling rodent populations for long-term evacuation. The only solution to controlling pests is to modify the habitat so the area becomes unattractive and/or inaccessible to the animals. Mice can be repelled using home remedies, and eliminated from the area using humane traps and sealing entry holes.
Please sign this petition and urge the U.S. Postal Service to stop using cruel, inhumane, and ineffective glue traps in their facilities.
Dear Mr. Donahoe,
It has recently come to my attention that U.S. Postal Service facilities use cruel, inhumane, and ineffective glue traps to kill rodents. Glue traps are not only ineffective in curtailing the pest population long-term, but they are a hazard to the health of humans in surrounding areas. While many government facilities have already opted for safer methods, the U.S. Postal Service has yet to modernize its policy’s.
According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, “victims often rip themselves to pieces in their frantic struggles to escape the sticky mess. Exhausted and terrified, they succumb to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss – and death can take days!” Live traps are available to humanely capture the rodent and allow release outdoors. Because killing individual rodents does not fix an infestation, it is important that measures to control pest populations be implemented smartly to efficiently maintain facilities.
The only way to control rodent populations long-term is to modify the habitat so the area becomes unattractive and/or inaccessible to animals. It is necessary for facilities to first repel rodents with humane and home remedies, and then seal entry points to prevent re-entry. Not only do glue traps not work as a permanent solution to pest problems, they also pose a health threat to humans in the area. As frantic animals struggle to break free or spend days waiting for death, they urinate, thus spreading diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) do not recommend glue traps due to health risks to humans, and risk of unintended animals becoming unexpectedly trapped.
Please abandon the use of harmful and ineffective glue traps, in favor of humane solutions to eliminate rodent populations in U.S. Postal Service facilities.
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