Bunnings urged to pull glue traps from shelves in viral petition

Pressure is mounting on Bunnings to pull a popular product from its shelves as public Outrage grows over the “severe suffering” the item can cause.

Pressure is mounting on Bunnings to pull glue traps “of any description” from its shelves over the “horrific pain and suffering” they can cause wildlife.

More than 38,000 people have signed a petition calling on the retailer to withdraw them from sale, warning of the devastating impact the popular traps can have if encountered by an animal.

“Glue traps cause horrific pain and suffering to any animal that comes in contact with them. It can be days before the creature succumbs to death via dehydration and starvation, ”the petition reads.

“Animals have been known to tear off, or bite through, their own limbs in an attempt to free themselves.”

Wild Animals Australia’s Cat Coake, who initiated the petition, told NCA NewsWire earlier this year that carers have responded to hundreds of native animals caught on the traps, intended to catch Insects and rodents.

“It’s a constant thing we see all the time. They just die because they get stuck on these things, ”Ms Coake said.

“It’s just barbaric and we’re asking Bunnings as a corporation to take some environmental responsibility.

“They’re the biggest sellers of this stuff.”

RSPCA Australia has also warned of the “severe suffering” the traps can cause, even to “target species” like rodents.

“The RSCPA is opposed to all glue traps due to the suffering they cause target species, the high risk to non-target species (for example, the risk to Birds and bats from glue traps used for Insects), and the difficulty in ensuring that non-target species are not affected, ”an RSPCA spokesperson said.

While microbats and small Birds are the biggest victims, but even snakes, kookaburras and kittens have been snared by the traps.

Ms Coake said that many animals have to be put to sleep because they’re dehydrated, have broken bones, patches of skin, fur or feathers ripped off, or are dying when rescuers get to them.

“If an animal gets stuck on it and Manages to get themselves off, say for example, a bird – that bird can’t fly because it’s covered in glue, so it’s down on the ground to be eaten and if it gets stuck on a glue trap it can take days for those things to die. It’s horrific, ”she added.

The traps are available in various sizes, depending on the laws in different states. Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT have banned the use of rodent glue traps, but still allow for insect varieties.

Even these smaller traps, Ms Coake said, are inadvertently trapping wildlife, despite the fact they’re said to contain lower strength glue.

Bunnings general manager of Merchandise, Adrian Pearce, confirmed to Yahoo News that he is aware of the petition, but added there are a “range of views” about the traps’ sale.

“We continue to work with our suppliers and the regulatory bodies to ensure we are well-informed on these products,” Mr Pearce said.

“We are working with our suppliers to include additional information on packaging to make it even more clear to customers how to correctly use the products, and we are aiming to roll this out before the end of the year.”

Ms Coake’s petition also calls on Sellers of the devices – including eBay and Amazon – to pull them from their sites. Amazon told me Yahoo News earlier this year it would work to close a loophole allowing US Sellers to export the traps to Australia – although it remains unclear if this has yet occurred.

“It’s just one product that causes a lot of problems and they could be easily removed,” Ms Coake said.

“They can make a bloody big difference. In addition to that, we’re in 2022. There’s way easier and more humane ways to kill, whether it be Insects, rats, whatever. ”

News.com.au has contacted Bunnings for comment.

– with NCA NewsWire

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