Glue traps prove fatal to wild animals in Mumbai; wildlife organization seeks ban

ITP, September 25, 2022, 9:54 a.m. IST

Glue traps, which are commonly used to catch and kill rats and pests, are becoming a threat to wild animals in Mumbai and neighboring districts as they often get injured and die after coming into contact with these devices. .

Citing that the use of such devices violated the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Wildlife Protection Act, a wildlife organization based in the city wrote to the Maharashtra government requesting a ban on production, sale and use of glue traps.

Glue traps, also known as rat baits, are boxes with a strip of adhesive used to catch rodents. These traps are activated by placing food, and once a rodent enters the device, it gets stuck and dies a slow and painful death.

The Resqink Association for Wildlife Welfare (RAWW) has written to the Chief Wildlife Protection Officer and Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Forest Department Wildlife requesting a ban on the production, sale and use of such traps.

The use of glue traps was not only an inhumane way of dealing with pests, but several protected species were also falling victim to it, RAWW founder and honorary wildlife warden Pawan Sharma stated in the letter.

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

Sticky traps are a major concern in urban areas, where they are used regularly by pest control agencies, factories, businesses, and residential and commercial areas.

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Speaking to PTI, Sharma said: “A number of cases of animals being killed or injured due to glue traps go unreported due to lack of awareness and in most cases people do not come forward to avoid legal issues. “. Mumbai, Thane and surrounding areas have unique biodiversity that needs to be protected and conserved, he said.

RAWW has been campaigning to raise awareness and appealed to citizens and officials to understand this problem and address it by stopping use of the device and discontinuing its production, it said.

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

In addition, there is no clarity on the safe disposal or auditing of these traps, which are disposed of with regular garbage and pollute the environment, he added. Sharma further claimed that the use of glue traps or rat bait stations violates the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the Environmental Protection Act of 1986 , the Indian Forest Act of 1927 and the Indian Penal Code. According to veterinarians Dr. Rina Dev and Dr. Priti Sathe of RAWW, if a bird gets caught in a glue trap, its feathers and wings are damaged and this can result in permanent loss of its ability to fly.

Reptiles and mammals shed their skin when they get stuck and their internal organs are exposed, which can lead to death if they are not given timely medical attention, they said.

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