Friday, August 21, 2009

Teach Lowe's a Lesson on Humane 'Pest' Control

A vexing question for many is what to do about uninvited household guests. Yes, we're talking about those guests so impolitely called "pests": bats in the belfry, ants in the kitchen, rodents in the walls, bees in the attic, and roaches in the … well, everywhere. We've all had these visitors before, and the good news is that there is always a humane way to deal with unwelcome visitors.

The best way to remove uninvited guests and prevent future visitations is to get rid of whatever is attracting them. If you have rodents scampering through your walls, store food in air-tight containers, never leave dirty dishes in the sink, and keep your kitchen and home clean and free of enticements, and they will move on before long as they search for other sources of food

That same principle applies to most any other household guest, but for specific tips, check out PETA's in-depth advice for coping with wildlife, ants, roaches, wasps, bees, and more. There are also humane traps that you can buy from the PETA Catalog, such as the Humane Mouse Trap and the Katcha Bug Catcher.

Just as there are humane ways to handle uninvited guests, there are cruel and deadly ways as well, and glue traps take the cake for the cruelest "pest" control devices. Glue traps "work" by trapping animals in a sticky glue that binds them in place until they are found and killed, or until they suffer a slow and painful death by dehydration or suffocation—or by self-mutilation as they desperately attempt to escape. In addition, a glue trap may catch any animal who wanders by, so its victims can include not only rats and mice but also neighborhood cats, dogs, birds, and squirrels.

While many major stores, such as CVS, Rite Aid, Albertsons, and Safeway, have agreed to stop selling these cruel contraptions, home improvement giant Lowe's stubbornly refuses, and we need your help to get the company to stop once and for all.

Please help us teach Lowe's a lesson in hospitality by taking the following actions and asking your friends and family to do the same:
  • Use our easy online form to send a letter to the CEO and senior vice president of Lowe's urging them to stop selling glue traps.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper on the cruelty of glue traps, and urge readers and Lowe's to ditch the deadly devices.
  • Call the manager of your local Lowe's or other stores that sell glue traps and let them know that you will shop elsewhere until they stop selling the devices.
  • If you live in an apartment building, find out how management handles "pest" control, and if they use inhumane practices, make a "pest" of yourself until they make a change.
  • Stream our "Lowe's Glue Trap Cruelty" video on your blog or social networking profiles using this code.