Big news for small animals! Australia’s premier discount variety store, Cheap as Chips, has made the ethical decision to remove glue traps from its shelves.
The change comes after PETA contacted the company – which has 30 stores across South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria – with information about the cruelty of such traps. A concerned customer initially got in touch with us after seeing them in a store in Adelaide, proving that if you see something and say something, you can save lives!
Glue traps are one of the most inhumane products on the market and 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 and 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 can even 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.
Cheap as Chips now joins a list of retailers, including Bunnings Warehouse, Mitre 10, Big W, and Target, that have agreed to stop selling these products.
Their compassionate and swift actions to help animals after receiving information about the cruelty of using glue traps are commendable.
What You Can Do
This win for animals was made possible only because compassionate people took action. If you discover that your local supermarket or hardware shop is selling glue traps or that a business or property manager is using them, please speak up. You can inform the people involved about the extreme harm these traps cause and urge them to stop selling or using them. Feel free to use our sample letter here, changing any details as necessary.
If you encounter animals stuck in a glue trap, here are six steps you can take to help them.