Target: David C. Stuckwisch, Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools
Goal: Thank Superintendent for ending the use of glue traps for mice.
Until recently, the Portsmouth public school district in Virginia used glue traps to exterminate mice. These traps cause immense suffering for mice, since the mice become stuck to the surface of the trap and are left to die. Rodents often tear themselves apart trying to free their feet from the glue, sometimes biting off their own legs. It can take hours or days for the mice to die, usually from shock, dehydration, or starvation.
Many alternatives exist for these glue traps, such as the use of poison or standard spring-activated mice traps which usually kill mice instantaneously. Not only are these alternatives more humane, but they are also more effective at preventing the spread of diseases that mice carry. When mice are caught in glue traps, they tend to urinate and defecate out of fear, making it more likely that diseases such as Hantavirus can be transmitted to humans.
The school district recently responded to student and parent complaints about the glue traps and committed to using safer and more humane extermination methods. Thank the superintendent for ending the use of cruel glue traps in the Portsmouth public school district.
Dear David C. Stuckwisch, Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools,
Until recently, your school district used glue traps to exterminate rodents in your school. These traps cause immense suffering for mice since they are merely stuck on the trap and left to die from dehydration, shock, or from painful dismemberment. It can take up to a day or more for these creatures to die once they are trapped, and they often rip themselves apart in a panic after being trapped.
Many more humane alternatives exist to glue traps, such as the use of poison or more traditional spring-traps. Thanks for committing to using these alternatives and ending the cruel practice of catching mice with glue traps. Not only will these alternative methods be more humane, but they will also help reduce the transmission of diseases to humans. Hantavirus, for example, is transmitted from the fecal matter of rodents and is more likely to be transmitted when mice are captured in glue traps because the mice often defecate in their panicked state.
Your recent response to children and parent complaints about the glue mouse traps is commendable. By choosing a more humane and safer method of rodent extermination, you have demonstrated your commitment to animal welfare and to the health and safety of students in your district. Thank you for ending the cruel practice of using glue traps to exterminate mice.
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Photo Credit: Mice on a glue trap via Wikipedia Commons