I am no animal rights fanatic. Sure, I hate factory farming and testing cosmetics on cute little bunnies. But most of the cruelty of our society I can shrug off without raising my voice in protest. When our cruelty has a purpose, or serves our best interest, I can usually turn a blind eye and repress my gag impulse. But this is too much.
I snapped this picture in a Canadian Tire outlet in a Canadian city. I’m sure they are not the only company that sells this product. This is paper covered with glue that catches mice.
I tried this out, years ago, and the result was horrifying. The mouse is caught all right. It’s feet and belly stick to the paper and it can’t move. And you can’t release it. Trying to free it from the paper will tear the skin from its body. Maybe there is a solvent that will allow you to free it, but the mouse I caught was beyond repair by the time I was ready to consider such a tactic. So there it is, stuck to the paper, terrified and in agony. It’s hard to imagine anything worse. I suppose a leg hold trap comes close, but for shear sadistic nastiness this is hard to beat.
Of course once you find a mouse captured in this way you can dispatch it with a quick bonk on the head, though I imagine most people are a bit more squeamish than I about bonking a mouse. But until you find it, imagine how the creature suffers. And why? This is no more effective than the well known kill traps we all have used, the ones that do in a mouse or a rat instantly, with only a very rare misfire when they catch the tail or other non-lethal body part, so rare that I’ve never seen it happen.
Think about the kind of mind that could invent a mouse capture method like this. Think about the kind of culture that could accept it, and put it on sale without a thought.
I am no fan of mice, though outdoor mice are fine with me. Rats are another animal entirely. Rats are our enemies and I will happily shoot rats until I blister my trigger finger. But not even a rat deserves to be captured on sticky paper. I wouldn’t do that to Donald Trump.
I happened to be buying grass seed and a new rat trap at Canadian Tire when I noticed this display. I took one of the packages with me to the checkout counter. Showed it to the clerk who’s name, according to her name tag, is Tracy.
Tracy, I said, you seem like a nice person. I want you to take this to your boss and tell them that you are getting complaints from customers about this product. I then went into a graphic description of what happens to a mouse when it is trapped on this sticky paper. Probably ruined her whole day.
Whether she will actually report my complaint to her boss is anybody’s guess. Maybe if enough customers bring it to their attention, they will get the message. This kind of needless, pointless, cruelty has no place in a civilized society. It certainly has no place in a display at Canadian Tire.
If you happen to see this product displayed, please join me in complaining about it. It should be banned.