Be Nice To Mice! Ban Glue Pans At Columbia University
Saturday, November 29, 2008

Columbia University students in New York are upset that Columbia's Facilities Department is using glue traps to catch and kill rodents on campus. Although officials there have told national animal protection organizations that they will explore humane rodent-control alternatives, they are not responding to our repeated requests that they remove all glue traps currently set out.

Glue traps cause immense and prolonged suffering. An animal trapped on a glue board panics and struggles mightily, resulting in torn skin, broken bones, severed limbs, and further entanglement in the adhesive, only to die--exhausted, frightened, injured, and often covered in excrement--from starvation, dehydration, or asphyxiation. Research indicates that death does not come swiftly, taking more than 24 hours for some animals. Furthermore, glue traps and other lethal methods will not control "nuisance" animal populations. When animals are removed from their habitats, more will move in to consume available resources."

Please thank Columbia University Facilities officials for exploring more humane rodent control methods and urge them to prevent further animal suffering by removing all glue traps from the Columbia Universitycampus immediately.

Please send polite comments to:
Joseph A. Ienuso
Executive Vice President
Columbia University Facilities

Matthew Early
Vice President, Facilities Operations
Columbia University Facilities

Mice and other animals often suffer for days in glue traps