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Ask Restaurant Association to Swear Off Glue Traps

November 25, 2011

Alarmingly, the National Restaurant Association is recommending the use of glue traps for rodent control in its “ServSafe Program”—a food-service training course. PETA informed program officials of the extreme cruelty and disease risks inherent in glue traps, but to no avail.

Glue traps are some of the cruelest products on the market, causing immense and prolonged suffering. Panicked rodents often rip themselves to pieces in their frantic struggle to escape the sticky mess. Exhausted and terrified, they die from shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Death can take more than 24 hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Canada warn against using glue traps because of the disease risks posed by the many pathogens in the waste of ensnared rodents, who eliminate out of stress and fright. This should be a concern for any food business!

Please urge the National Restaurant Association to join the numerous food businesses that have sworn off glue traps.


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Dawn Sweeney
Chief Executive Officer
National Restaurant Association

Board of Directors
National Restaurant Association


To Whom It Concerns,

I have just learned of  the National Restaurant Association recommendation of glue traps for rodent control in its “ServSafe Program”, and I am respectfully requesting you cease using such barbaric methods of killing. In and of itself, killing the mice is inherently immoral, but using glue traps to do so compounds the vicious nature of such an extremely painful and fearfully agonizing experience for animals. These animals are further traumatized trying to free themselves, causing skinning, tearing, ripping, and dismemberment, a profoundly agonizing ritual of attempting to escape for hours upon hours; death sometimes can take days. If you had to experience such a barbaric form of torture and prolonged death, would you be willing to justify it?

This also proves medically dangerous to humans considering that, according to the CDC, glue traps create optimal conditions to spread disease. I would hope any food company that shares a core principle of human health and quality of life, such as yours and your training program, would be equally concerned with any disease-spreading forms of rodent control.

It is impossible to contemplate supporting any business that capitalizes on the brutality of animals, and when you utilize such horrendous accessories, you are indeed establishing your complicity and apathy in doing so, and I respectfully request you discontinue using glue traps. Indeed, I hope this letter finds you willing to scrutinize both your own involvement in the intentional exploitation of animals and your desire to therefore protect rather than harm them, and until such a time, I will boycott restaurants and share this information with friends, family, and online social contacts.

Please consider, instead, using humane traps to capture and release mice in an ethical and painless manner. These can be found at hardware stores and local animal rescue groups, who would be willing to assist you.

Thank you for your time and attention to this important issue.



at times i sit in
total amazed
at other times, in
disbelief, dazed
where is the secret
it is as plain as day
cruelty hurts all in
every way

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    November 25, 2011 4:44 pm

    at times i sit in
    total amazed
    at other times, in
    disbelief, dazed
    where is the secret
    it is as plain as day
    cruelty hurts all in
    every way


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