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Say "No" To Glue-board Traps

Following a kitten that was trapped on a glue-board in 2009, we requested then, that the authorities ban the use of glue-board traps because they cause unnecessary suffering to the animals trapped on them (rats and other species including cats and birds).

We had earlier written in to the National Environment Agency (NEA), which licenses pest control companies, to express its strong objection to the use of these devices. At the AVA request, we gathered information on legislation from other countries.

AVA, in consultation with NEA and pest control agencies, issued a set of guidelines for the use of rodent glue traps and circulated them to pest control companies in October 2010 calling for responsible use of the said traps.


Our publicising an extreme case of a cat trapped on a glue-board in February 2012 on our Facebook page sparked an outcry. We wrote to the AVA again to request a ban of such traps with immediate effect and that action be taken against the parties responsible. The pest control company responsible for the trap was given a fine and a stern warning.

AVA's conclusion was that the company was not wholly responsible for the cat's condition, as the glue had spread to the rest of the body during our rescue operation.

Based on their informant's description and photo taken at the scene, the AVA concluded that only the legs were stuck on the glue trap. However, when we reached the scene, it was evident that the gasping cat, which was in an already distressed state (and reported as dying by the caller with its tongue hanging out), needed to be taken to our clinic immediately. There were copious amounts of glue (not superficial amounts as claimed by AVA's informant) dripping from the cat's body (the whole of that cat's underside had also been exposed to the glue board), which could not have been removed adequately.

The cat was placed onto a plastic bag and into a pet carrier for the journey back to our shelter. Our veterinarians agree that transportation was the best option under the circumstances. While in the transportation, the glue did spread as the cat appeared to have struggled. It is our veterinarians' opinion, based on the description of the cat's symptoms by the caller and our rescue staff, that the cat's condition would not have worsened significantly because of this.

We have investigated and reviewed our processes for such cases, which we have never encountered on this scale before as the glue board was grossly oversized and the glue used in such excessive quantities.

The bottom line is that this catastrophe could have been prevented had glue traps been banned, as we had asked for, in 2009. Consider alternative means such as humane rat trap cages as it is less likely to harm and only traps animals. Please help us by writing a balanced email to to urge them to ban the use of such traps and to your town council to make sure they do not use such traps.


Do consider alternative forms of trapping such as cages as you can see above. These methods are much more humane and will in turn prevent any harm to unsuspecting victims. You may find an example of such traps here.

***We thank Japan Home stores for recalling glue board traps from its stores following our correspondence to them highlighting the cruelty involved when animals are trapped on them.***