Telangana prohibits sticky traps for rodent control
The state government has banned the manufacture, sale, and use of sticky traps to kill rodents, a method that goes against the spirit of the Animal Cruelty Prevention Act.
In a recent memo, Director of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry Anita Rajendra noted that using sticky traps would cause unnecessary pain and suffering to rodents. There were many other humane methods of controlling the rodent population that could be explored. The memo called for special trips by the police to seize glue traps from manufacturers and dealers.
Meanwhile, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has welcomed instructions from the Telangana government to limit the use of sticky traps to trap rodents. “Adhesive trap manufacturers and sellers condemn small animals to a hideously slow and painful death and can turn buyers into law breakers,” a media release from PETA-India quoted Pradeep Ranjan Doley Barman, PETA-India’s attorney.
“PETA-India commends the state of Telangana for its progressive approach, which is setting a precedent for the entire country and will save countless lives,” the press release said.
It found that the best way to control the rodent population is to make areas unattractive or inaccessible to them. Food sources should be eliminated, surfaces such as floors should be kept clean, and edible items should be stored in the cheapest containers. Cotton balls soaked in ammonia can also repel rodents.
The organization suggested the use of cage traps and recommended that the rodents be released within 100 meters of where they were found after they were caught.