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VHS recently contacted Canadian Tire to ask the company to stop selling glue traps for rodents. We explained that many of our supporters have emailed and called us to express their concerns about this product after seeing them on Canadian Tire store shelves.
Glue traps cause extreme animal suffering because they trap mice or rats in a sticky substance from which they can’t escape. The result is that they die a long, slow, horrifying death of starvation, dehydration and exhaustion. One distraught caller related listening to a mouse scream as he tried to escape the glue.
The reply we received from Canadian Tire states: “As the leading seller of indoor pest control products, customers expect to find a complete selection of pest control alternatives at our stores. To this end we offer a complete selection of pest control products for our customers to choose from.” In other words, cruel glue traps will continue to be included in Canadian Tire’s “selection of pest control products.” That’s just not good enough.
We’ve launched an online petition to give people an opportunity to ask Canadian Tire to stop selling glue traps. New Zealand and the state of Victoria in Australia have banned the sale and use of glue traps due to concerns about cruelty. They just aren’t necessary. The BC SPCA and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies are also opposed to glue traps.
The best way to deal with rodent infestations is to alter the habitat so it’s no longer attractive to them. This means carefully closing off every possible entry point (after you’ve safely removed the animals) so it’s inaccessible. A VHS staff member had to deal with mice in a small cottage. She waited until night when the mice were outside and used fine wire mesh to seal every hole in the crawl space and the entire house. She then installed an inexpensive sonic repeller on each level and hasn’t had mice inside since. These electronic devices are available in hardware stores everywhere.
Mice and rats are social, intelligent creatures and every bit as capable of experiencing pain as the dogs and cats we have in our homes. Excluding wildlife is the kindest way to live alongside them. But as an absolute last resort, a snap-trap is less inhumane than a glue trap or poison (which also causes an excruciatingly painful death). Snap-traps kill instantly. If you use them, you should always identify the species prior to undertaking any control. Mice and rats will require different sizes of trap to be effective, and identifying the species will help guide the appropriate trap to use.
Sign our petition here to let Canadian Tire know what you think.
28 replies on “Tell Canadian Tire to stop using cruel glue traps”
This is a horrible ,and sadistic way to treat these animals,,,,there must be a more humane way to deal with the problem….live traps etc……
more then just mice get caught in these I’ve heard of birds and kittens getting caught in them. I think this is a cruel slow and painful death and no animal should have to suffer through that.
I shop weekly at Canadian Tire but from now on I will go elsewhere since a small moral dilemma is too much for them to handle.
I would never buy such an inhumane device.
Mice and rats are social, intelligent creatures and every bit as capable of experiencing pain as the dogs and cats we have in our homes. Excluding wildlife is the kindest way to live alongside them. But as an absolute last resort, a snap-trap is less inhumane than a glue trap or poison (which also causes an excruciatingly painful death). Snap-traps kill instantly.
Sickening that ANY company would use such cruel and awful devices. I will be boycotting Canadian Tire until they abolish this protocol.
These are totally inhumane!
This is so cruel and barbaric! You can use mouse/rat life traps!
They are awful & unnecessarily tortuous!!!!
Cruel and inhumane!
There are much more humane ways for people to deal with mice problems.
These traps are awful birds, squirrels, kittens are victim to these inhumane traps
Canadian Tire you will lose more money from customers who stop shopping than you will make selling those glue traps. Shame on you.
Nothing needs to suffer. Very inhumane.. Shame on them
just cruel. I’ll go elsewhere until this has been removed from the shelves
These are cruel ways to kill animals. They shouldnt be sold.
These are cruel to the animals and should not be sold.
We need to get rid of them, nothing deserves to suffer in this way. Ban them!
This is a very cruel way to trap anything, even rats.
Shame on you Canadian Tire. Your response about giving people all the pest control options is nonsense. If you take the glue traps off the shelf, do you really think people will ask for them? Or do you think they will buy what is available. I know so many people that are not going to shop there until you remove those horrible things. You should know better.
Okay so they say ” to alter the habitat so it’s no longer attractive to them. This means carefully closing off every possible entry point (after you’ve safely removed the animals)”, but what if you remove a mother who has a young to feed, now you have up to 14 baby mice that are going to linger and starve because you didn’t get them or know about them.
Essentially there is no winner.
Mice and rats are not endangered, a mouse can have 5-10 liters per year and 3-14 babies per liter. That is anywhere from 15-140 babies per year. Considering mice can carry the Hantavirus in their droppings, as well the fleas on either rodent can carry things like the plague. I am more apt for a little house cleaning.
A total fail, Canadian Tire!
That is inhumane and I will not purchase anything from Canadian Tire until this product is removed from the shelves.
Well Canadian Tire , you sure picked a good way of losing customers , how can you be so cruel , and i am sure your customers ,would pick an alternative way to treat the problem , unless they were completely heartless , havent the government banned other products ,and people have learned to live without them , dont make excuses ,and try to justify , what you are doing , any customers that would want to go that road , must be as heartless as you , think it over , before you lose a lot of customers , and make us proud ,to have a Canadian store with a heart .
I am not shopping at Canadian Tire until they STOP selling these horrible and cruel traps and will let others know …
Je ne magasinerai plus chez Canadian Tire à partir de maintenant ! Ils doivent absolument cesser de vendre ces trappes qui font souffrir et j’en parlerai aux aqutres …
Poisons should also be banned – other animals, both domestic and wild, that catch and eat the rodents suffer awful deaths as a result of second-hand poisoning.