Target: Robert Attea, CEO of Sovran Self Storage, Inc. (parent company of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage)
Goal: Urge Sovran Self Storage to end the use of glue traps in a Chesapeake area self-storage center.
Glue traps are among the most ineffective, unsanitary, and cruel methods of pest control on the market. With so many pest control alternatives available to both companies and individuals, it is difficult to see why glue traps remain a fixture when it comes to ridding areas of unwanted animals. However, Uncle Bob’s Self Storage continues to use glue traps in its Chesapeake, Virginia location. Sign the petition and urge Uncle Bob’s parent company, Sovran Self Storage, to eliminate glue traps in favor of a more humane and sanitary solution.
Condemned by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada, glue traps have great potential to spread diseases due to “the many pathogens in the waste of stressed rodents.” Furthermore, the traps ensure that the animals captured will suffer slow, agonizing deaths: in their panic, animals will sometimes chew off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), others eventually die of “shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss.”
With such a large range of pest control options on the market, Uncle Bob’s can surely come up with a cruelty-free alternative—and the time to do so is now. Sign the petition urging Sovran Self Storage to make the switch from glue traps to a more humane method of pest control.
Dear Mr. Attea,
Everyone understands the importance of keeping a storage facility free of pests like rodents, who have a knack for destroying everything from papers to fabrics to wiring. However, what is more difficult to understand is a stubborn insistence on using a pest control method as inhumane and unsanitary as glue traps.
Uncle Bob’s Self Storage #137 in Chesapeake, Virginia, uses these very traps. Glue traps are simply unconscionable from a humane standpoint: animals stuck in glue traps die panicked and terrified. Death can take days, and in the meantime many animals will gnaw off their own legs in an attempt to free themselves.
Glue traps are risky for business, as well: both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada discourage the use of glue traps, as they pose disease risks to both humans and animals. Leaving an assortment of pathogen-ridden traps hanging around one’s place of business isn’t exactly a foolproof plan.
I urge you to immediately discontinue the use of glue traps at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage and to instead seek more humane alternatives.
[Your Name Here]
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