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Wildlife carers have been sharing photos of kookaburras, blue-tongued lizards, microbats and other animals caught in glue traps.

Last week, a Facebook post showed three kittens stuck to a glue trap – two were saved, but one died.

Glue traps are incredibly cruel devices, which kill, slowly and painfully, any animal who wanders across their adhesive surface.

Although these traps are designed to kill mice, rats or insects, each year many other animals – including snakes, birds and kittens – become trapped on them, and starve to death or bite off their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves.

Humane traps on the other hand allow mice to be caught and relocated unharmed, and are already being sold by many Australian retailers.

Recognising that glue traps are unnecessary, the Victorian, Tasmanian and ACT governments have banned the sale of glue traps, and many major businesses worldwide have also banned them because of their inherent cruelty.

If you see glue traps in your local hardware store or supermarket, it only takes a minute to politely ask the manager to stop stocking these torturous devices in favour of humane ones.

PETA also offers tips on its website about how to deal with unwanted house guests in a humane manner.

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  1. Ban these things. I’ve seen Boganville thorny vines impale tiny glider possums and mummify them on the vine. It’s heart breaking. We called it bogan, and hated working around it. The thorns nail ya and take months for the pain to go away . Charge twice as much to do the job Coz of the thorns. I’d always suggest nailing it and planting hybrid bogan . No thorns , a pretty flower , and smaller vine , thicket, clump ; tangle , nightmare . Plant a passion fruit instead. At least you can eat it. Same with dwarf date , canary island Palm . A total menace and why would you plant them. You can still feel the spike 2 years later . Birds beasties people get impaled on them. If you can’t help yourself at least plant a big date palm. At least you can eat that while your getting nailed. And the glue traps. What uncaring person invented those. There’s better and more ethical ways to deal with pests. Grow something else that they don’t eat . Encourage pythons and land mullets, kookaburras crows currawongs maggies antikinas. ( mini Tasmanian tiger ) They’re brilliant and love mice and rats. Ratsack kills all of these. A dead rat sacked mouse eaten by a maggie kills the bird. Then whatever eats the bird ;, dies. And it keeps on going on and on . 10 dead animals later , who allowed this toxic poison . . Racuman ,, I Havnt spelt it right. Only kills the rodent . If a predator eats the dead rodent it won’t die. Norco sells this in bulk lots only. Guessing 30 to 50 pound lots. 25 kg. Lasts a year on an average farm. In suburbia share it with your friends, all throw in. If your a ratsacker or a glue trapper use this instead. It’s worth it to be a bit more ethical and in the long run you’ll have less vermin Coz the predators will still be there. Makes sense doesn’t it.


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