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Online retailers remove glue traps following PETA India's appeal

PETA India's motto reads “Animals are not ours to abuse in any way”

Online retailers remove glue traps following PETA Indias appeal

Rat traps

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Hyderabad: Online retailers Amazon India, Meesho, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and JioMart have removed and blocked listings for glue traps - trays coated with a sticky adhesive that ensnares small animals, who can suffer for days before dying - from their platforms following an appeal from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. The move aligns with the ban on the use, sale, and manufacture of glue traps in 32 states and union territories across India in response to PETA India’s efforts.

“Animals caught in glue traps face hideously slow and agonizing deaths as they scream, panic, and rip their own skin off in a desperate attempt to survive,” says PETA India Chief Corporate Liaison Ashima Kukreja. “PETA India commends these retailers for protecting wildlife from these vile devices and calls on all others to follow their lead.”

Reliance Retail’s e-commerce platform, JioMart, has ceased listing glue traps for sale, and PETA India has been informed that its offline retail chain - with over 16,000 stores across the country - is in the process of ending sales of glue traps.

Wildlife - including birds, snakes, mice, rats, and squirrels - who get stuck in the glue struggle desperately to escape, sometimes chewing off their own limbs before succumbing to shock, dehydration, asphyxiation, or blood loss. Glue traps are also largely ineffective, neglecting to address the source of the problem: as long as food remains accessible, more animals will move in to take the place of those who have been killed.

PETA India is urging BigBasket and IndiaMART to follow the lead of these other retailers by ending their sale and advertisement of glue traps and encourages the public to urge other retailers to stop carrying cruel products as well.

PETA India - whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” - opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA India’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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