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After PETA plea, Mizoram curbs use & sale of glue traps for rodent control | Guwahati News

AIZAWL: Following an appeal from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, the Mizoram government has instructed all the district administrations to curb the use and sale of glue traps used for rodent control, an official of the state animal husbandry and veterinary department said on Thursday.
In October last year, PETA India had urged the Mizoram government to ban the manufacture, sale and use of deadly glue traps for rodent control.
The veterinary department official said action taken regarding curbing the use and sale of glue traps was informed to the organisation last month.
In its letter issued to all deputy commissioners in December last year, the veterinary department had urged the district administrations “to take all necessary steps to curb the use and sale of glue traps within their jurisdiction”, and added that their use to catch rats violates the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960, as well as the Wild Life (Protection) Act (WPA), 1972. Last year, the state government had also banned the use of severely restrictive gestation and farrowing crates in pig farming following an appeal from PETA.
Meanwhile, PETA India lauded the Mizoram government’s effort to curb the use and sale of glue traps.
In a statement on Tuesday, the organisation said it strongly commended the state government for enforcing the law to protect animals. In its appeal to the state governments earlier, PETA India had brought to attention the indiscriminate nature of glue traps, which ensnare not only rodents but also “non-target” animals, including birds, squirrels, reptiles, and frogs, causing excruciating pain leading to a slow, torturous death of the trapped animal, the statement said.
“The sellers of glue traps sentence small animals to slow, excruciating deaths and can turn buyers into lawbreakers,” PETA India Advocacy officer Farhat Ul Ain was quoted as saying in the statement.
Earlier, circulars prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and use of glue traps were issued by Chhattisgarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, it said. It added that the use of glue traps, which cause unnecessary suffering to animals, is a punishable offence under Section 11 of the PCA Act, 1960. PETA India notes that the best way to control rodent population is to make the area unattractive or inaccessible to them: eliminate food sources by keeping surfaces and floors clean and storing food in chew-proof containers, sealing trash cans, and using ammonia-soaked cotton balls or rags to drive rodents away.

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