RSPCA issue urgent plea as cat put down after being stuck in GLUE TRAP to catch rodents
THE RSPCA have issued a desperate appeal to the public to stop using glue traps to try to catch rodents – after a cat caught in FOUR of them had to be put down.
The black and white cat, named Miles by staff at the animal welfare charity, was found trapped by the sticky glue devices in an alleyway in Cricklewood Lane, north London.
The RSPCA found Miles stuck on four glue traps, situated on his legs and underneath his body.
Glue traps are sheets of cardboard, plastic, or wood, coated in an extremely strong non-drying adhesive and are traditionally used to trap mice and rats.
Animals become stuck to the surface and unable to escape, becoming more submerged in the glue as they try to struggle free.
Miles had a large infected wound on his leg, a damaged tail and his hind legs stuck together by the agonising trap – that even ripped out chunks of his fur.
It is also thought he may have ingested some of the glue when attempting to free himself.
RSPCA Inspector Nicole Broster said, “This poor cat was in an extreme amount of pain from his horrific injuries and he was very scared and frightened.
“This is the worst glue trap incident I have ever seen and dealt with.”
The cat was taken to the RSPCA Harmsworth Hospital to remove the traps and receive treatment, but after his condition deteriorated rapidly he was put to sleep.
Broster continued: "I find the use of glue traps horrendous and completely unnecessary.
"People sometimes use them to deal with problems caused by animals like rats and mice but they are cruel and cause awful suffering.
"Other animals and non-target species also become victims – in this case poor Miles."
The use of glue traps as a method of pest control is currently legal in the UK.
However, if an animal suffers unnecessarily due to poor use or through failing to release or kill the animal, an offence may have been committed.
The RSPCA is calling for an end to glue traps, urging anyone who sees them on sale to the public to contact them so they can ask the retailer to withdraw the stock.
If they must be used, it should only be done by trained professionals, the charity said.
Evie Button, scientific officer for the RSPCA, said the traps cause "unacceptable suffering" to animals that end up caught in them.
“We’re opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all glue traps because they cause unacceptable suffering and are totally indiscriminate in what they catch, ensnaring wild animals like birds and even pets,” she said.
“Glue traps may seem like an effective way to catch rodents without killing them, but they come with very serious welfare issues and subject those animals unfortunate enough to get caught to horrific suffering.
“Even the way they’re designed to catch animals – by sticking their limbs to the board as they cross it – inflicts pain and distress.”
Anyone with information about who set the traps Miles was caught in is asked to call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.
Glue traps are illegal to use in the US for most species, and have been branded "one of the cruellest methods of rodent control" by PETA.
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