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RSPCA want sellers of glue traps reported in Dorset

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9:56am 11th August 2017

A tawny owl in Wareham has become the latest victim of lethal glue traps.

The animal became caught in the internet-bought trap which had been put out by a resident to try and deal with a rat problem.

An officer from the RSPCA was called to the scene but the owl's injuries were so severe that it was put down in the charity's West Hatch wildlife centre.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Sue Brooks said that "The poor tawny owl didn't stand a chance. As this sad incident demonstrates, these inhumane devices don't discriminate between species and it's not just wild birds that get caught. I've even heard of snakes and kittens getting stuck to them.

"Sadly, many animals, especially birds, have to be euthanised because the damage done by a glue trap is just too great. It is not a humane trap for any animal as they are not killed outright and they undergo prolonged periods of distress and suffering."

The lethal - but still legal - traps, which are also known as 'glue boards' or 'sticky boards', consist of a sheet of plastic, cardboard or wood coated in a non-drying adhesive.

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The traps cause animals caught on them terrible injuries, with creatures tearing out patches of fur, breaking bones and even gnawing limbs off in their desperation to escape. 

Llewelyn Lowen, chief scientific officer at the RSPCA, stated that the charity is "opposed to the manufacture, sale and use of all glue traps because they cause unacceptable suffering and are totally indiscriminate in what they catch."

The RSPCA have made efforts to prevent the sale of glue traps, urging anyone who sees them on sale to the general public to get in touch at wildlife@rspca.org.uk with:

- Name and address of the store where the traps are being sold (include postcode where possible)

- The manager or owner of the store concerned (if known)

- The date the traps were seen on sale

The RSPCA will then contact the retailer  and ask them to consider stopping the sale of glue traps at their store, along with removing all traps from stock and not re-stocking them in future, in order to prevent re-occurence of the problem.

The "Wild Animals and Glue Traps" project has been very successful so far, with sellers as big as Amazon UK removing the glue trap projects from their stock lists.

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