For Immediate Release:
July 13, 2023
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Indianapolis – Following communication from PETA, Simon Property Group has agreed to no longer use glue traps—trays coated with a sticky adhesive that ensnare small animals, who can suffer for days before dying, their faces and limbs mired in the glue. Simon is the largest owner of shopping malls in the U.S. and has approximately 400 retail centers in 24 countries, making this a major win for mice, songbirds, lizards, and other animals who are indiscriminately caught in the lethal traps.
“Shoppers can now indulge in retail therapy knowing that no animals in Simon’s properties are tearing their skin off trying to escape from these vile devices,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA thanks Simon Property Group for protecting animals from horrific cruelty and urges other companies to follow its lead.”
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 fail as a long-term solution because they neglect 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.
Hundreds of companies and entities, including over 110 airports and the New York City Police Department, as well as Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and England, plus two Australian states and 12 Indian states, have all banned glue traps.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.