Melbourne – After learning that lonely tennis players – in quarantine at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open – have befriended and been feeding mice, to the dismay of authorities, PETA has offered to lend a helping hand. The group has sent a dozen humane mousetraps to the hotel that will allow authorities to catch the mice and release them unharmed in a nearby park.
“Mice may be small, but they’re bright, curious, and empathetic animals,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “They do make great friends, but if you prefer not to share a room with them, trapping them humanely and releasing them, unharmed, outdoors is a solution that everyone can live with.”
PETA notes that humane traps that allow small animals to be caught gently and released unharmed are a less violent, kinder alternative to lethl metho like poison and glue traps – some of the most inhumane products on the market. Glue traps have been banned in the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, and Victoria.
Stuck in a glue trap, panicked animals – who may include birds and small mammals – endure immense, prolonged suffering as they struggle to escape, often languishing for days before dying in excruciating ways, including from exhaustion, injury, shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Trapped animals may suffocate if their faces become stuck. Glue traps can also tear off patches of animals’ skin, fur, or feathers, and many victims will even chew through their own legs in an effort to break free.
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.