glue traps: glue traps to catch animals become dangerous for wildlife in Mumbai; wildlife organization calls for ban

Glue traps, also known as rat bait stations, are boxes with an adhesive tape used to catch rodents used in Mumbai and adjoining districts to catch and kill rats and pests. Citing the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Wildlife Protection Act, a wildlife organization based in the city has written to the Maharashtra government asking for a ban on the production, sale and use of glue traps.

These traps are activated by placing food, and once a rodent enters the device, it gets stuck and dies a slow, painful death.

The Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) has written to the Chief Warden of Wildlife and Principal Chief Conservator of Forestry (PCCF), Wildlife of the State Forestry Department, requesting the ban production, sale and use of such traps.

The use of glue traps was not only an inhumane way to control pests, but several protected species also fell prey to them, RAWW Founder and Honorary Wildlife Warden Pawan Sharma said in the letter. .

RAWW has rescued different species of wildlife, birds and reptiles such as squirrels, bats, kingfishers, owls, pythons and monitor lizards from these traps, he said. .

Glue traps are a major cause of concern in urban areas, where they are routinely used by pest control agencies, in factories, businesses, residential and commercial areas.

Sharma told PTI, “Many cases of dead or injured animals due to glue traps go unreported due to a lack of awareness and in most cases people don’t come forward to avoid the legal hassles.”

Mumbai, Thane and the surrounding regions have unique biodiversity which must be protected and conserved, he said.

The RAWW campaigned to raise awareness and called on citizens and officials to understand this problem and solve it by stopping the use of the device and stopping its production, he said.

“Glue traps are also a potential hazard to humans, as rodents trapped in them stay alive for hours and slowly die of trauma, pain and starvation, and eventually become carriers of dangerous diseases,” Sharma said.

Moreover, there is no clarity on the safe disposal or verification of these traps, which are thrown away with household waste and pollute the environment, he added.

Sharma further claimed that the use of glue traps or rat bait stations violated the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960, the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, the Environmental Protection Act 1986, Indian Forest Act 1927 and Indian Penal Code.

According to RAWW veterinarians Dr Rina Dev and Dr Priti Sathe, if a bird gets stuck in a glue trap, its feathers and wings are damaged, which can lead to permanent loss of its ability to fly.

Reptiles and mammals shed their skin when trapped and their internal organs remain exposed, which can lead to death if they do not receive timely medical attention, they said.

(with the contribution of the agencies)

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