After both a robin and grass snake were found stuck on glue board traps, the RSPCA is calling for a ban on the extra-strength glue, which is marketed as a rat or mouse trap.
The RSPCA is calling for a ban on glue board after both a robin and a grass snake were found stuck in traps.
The animals – found on two separate occasions – had both been caught by the glue, which is spread on to boards and marketed as a rat or mouse trap.
According to the RSPCA, the glue is specifically designed to retain its adhesive properties, which can cause a slow death for any animal caught in it.
In the first of the two incidents, a robin was found by the side of Park Road in Hornsey, London, by two 12-year-old boys. RSPCA inspector Natalie Bartle, who was called to the scene on on July 5, 2012, said of her finding: “This poor little robin was a pitiful sight when I first arrived – very distressed and sticky all over. Without the caring attitude and diligence of these two young boys who knows how much longer it would have suffered.
“It just shows how cruel and indiscriminate these traps can be. They catch any animal that happens along and this robin was lucky.”
Despite the loss of tail feathers, the robin survived and was taken to a wildlife centre where it was later released back to the wild.
The grass snake, on the other hand, had to be put to sleep after its scales suffered irrevocable damage. It was found a few days later on July 11, 2012, in Pinner, Middlesex, 20 miles from the initial incident.
It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act to set such glue boards in a place where wild birds could be caught. However, it is legal to use them to catch rats and mice, but anyone doing so is required to take precautions to avoid death or injury to wild birds or other protected animals.
Anyone with any information about people setting traps should contact the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.