PETA Slams WMATA’s Rat Traps
In case you're keeping track: Ben's Chili Bowl is PETA-approved. Metro is not.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for the transit agency to stop capturing rodents intruding on its properties with glue traps, which likely subject the animals to a "prolonged, painful death."
"Each glue trap set in Metro stations can mean excruciating pain and a lingering death for any bird, mouse, or rat who gets caught," says PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien in a press release. "PETA is calling on D.C.-area transit authorities to end this taxpayer-subsidized cruelty by ending its use of glue traps for good."
The Center for Disease Control recommends using snap traps over glue traps because the latter captures the animals alive, subsequently scaring them and causing them to urinate, which can spread diseases. In a March, a Washington Post article reported that the transit agency uses glue traps instead of snap traps for the safety of its riders—kids, especially—who might accidentally get their fingers jammed in the traps.
Metro didn't immediately respond to comment.
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