Target: Roger Finstad, Director of Maintenance and Operations for Los Angeles Unified School District
Goal: End the use of cruel and ineffective glue traps for pests in the Los Angeles School District.
The last thing anyone wants is a rodent problem, and the Los Angeles School District is no exception. However, the district persists in using inhumane glue traps. Take a stand against animal cruelty and urge the Los Angeles School District to replace glue traps with more humane methods of pest control.
Glue traps have long been acknowledged as an unnecessarily cruel method of pest elimination. Trapped rodents often gnaw off their own limbs attempting to free themselves from the traps’ adhesive surfaces, and many suffocate or die of dehydration, blood loss, or shock. Those that do not immediately succumb to one of these fates may remain trapped for days.
Aside from the obvious concern for compassionate treatment of living creatures, there are other problems with glue traps. Glue traps pose a risk to the very humans they purport to protect; both Health Canada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend against the use of glue traps, as the pathogens found in the waste of stressed rodents can present health risks to humans.
In an age of modern technology, there are numerous alternatives to glue traps available to the Los Angeles School District. While no method of pest control is pretty, most are more instantaneous and humane than a slow, painful, and terrifying death. Urge the Los Angeles School District to follow the lead of many other schools, universities, and institutions and ban glue traps for good.
Dear Mr. Finstad,
Pest control is an essential part of facilities maintenance. However, glue traps are a largely ineffective and unnecessarily cruel method of eliminating rodent populations. I urge you to reconsider the Los Angeles School District’s pest control plan, and to replace glue traps with a more humane and sanitary method of pest control.
Animals caught in glue traps often remain alive for days after they are trapped. Some attempt to gnaw off their own limbs trying to escape, and many eventually die of suffocation, dehydration, blood loss, or shock. Such a prolonged and painful death is unnecessary, especially when there are so many reputable no-kill and instant-kill traps on the market.
In addition, glue traps pose a risk to people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada both advise against the use of glue traps, as pathogens in the waste of stressed rodents can prove harmful to humans.
Given the disadvantages of glue traps and the moral and health advantages of almost any other type of pest control, the decision should be simple: eliminate glue traps from Los Angeles School District’s facilities maintenance plan.
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